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Rapid data growth, increased infrastructure complexity, demanding Service Level Agreement's (SLA's), strict legal compliance, IT virtualisation and virtual machine (VM) sprawl, and the advent of cloud-based computing brings huge challenges to how data must now be managed and protected in the modern business.
Having confidence in meeting a system or application Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is vital. It is critical to understand and consider everything that needs to be operational to be able to recover in time to avoid business impact. This is always more than just asking “is it backed-up”.
CXOs have long understood the transformational value of getting decision support information into the hands of the business. The challenge is that Business Intelligence/Enterprise Data Warehouse solutions have historically been costly and time-consuming to implement, with a high level of uncertainty around the value of the data produced. Traditional solutions use an import-process-report model that does not provide the data when it is most valuable – in real-time. And the lead-time required to introduce new data sources and reporting can be of the order of days or even months, due to the need for staff with specialist skills to operate the system.
If you know anything about ITIL you will probably know the process that delivers the fastest ROI is Problem Management. The ability to quickly identify the root cause of underlying issues reduces incidents, avoids outages, lowers cost and improves an IT organisation’s reputation with the business.
I recently had the privilege of being invited to attend internal Red Hat training for a workload automation and orchestration tool called Red Hat CloudForms. CloudForms strives to address the problems associated with disparate and heterogeneous virtual farms from integration, provisioning and scaling through to charging and reporting. In short CloudForms is a cloud management platform or CMP.
IT Automation continues to be one of the “Top 5” priorities for CIOs however in most enterprise organisations you don’t have to look far to find an “elephant graveyard” of automation tool-sets that are either partially deployed or being decommissioned.
I have been attending linux.conf.au yearly since 2005 and this year the conference was held in Perth. Despite the time of year and being a number of hours flight from the other Australasian cities there was still around 450 people attending.
Historically $/GB has been the measure C-level management have used to make storage investment decisions. Today there are a myriad of on-premise and cloud storage offerings in the market which mean that this traditional metric may be fast becoming irrelevant.