|By John Savageau||
|December 31, 2012 06:24 PM EST||
Throughout 2012 large organizations and governments around the world continued to struggle with the idea of consolidating inefficient data centers, server closets, and individual “rogue” servers scattered around their enterprise or government agencies. Issues dealt with the cost of operating data centers, disaster management of information technology resources, and of course human factors centered on control, power, or retention of jobs in a rapidly evolving IT industry.
Cloud computing and virtualization continue to have an impact on all consolidation discussions, not only from the standpoint of providing a much better model for managing physical assets, but also in the potential cloud offers to solve disaster recovery shortfalls, improve standardization, and encourage or enable development of service-oriented architectures.
Our involvement in projects ranging from local, state, and national government levels in both the United States and other countries indicates a consistent need for answering the following concerns:
- Existing IT infrastructure, including both IT and facility, is reaching the end of its operational life
- Collaboration requirements between internal and external users are expanding quickly, driving an architectural need for interoperability
- Decision support systems require access to both raw data, and “big data/archival data”
We would like to see an effort within the IT community to move in the following directions:
- Real effort at decommissioning and eliminating inefficient data centers
- All data and applications should be fit into an enterprise architecture framework – regardless of the size of organization or data
- Aggressive development of standards supporting interoperability, portability, and reuse of objects and data
Regardless of the very public failures experienced by cloud service providers over the past year, the reality is cloud computing as an IT architecture and model is gaining traction, and is not likely to go away any time soon. As with any emerging service or technology, cloud services will continue to develop and mature, reducing the impact and frequency of failures.
Why would an organization continue to buy individual high powered workstations, individual software licenses, and device-bound storage when the same application can be delivered to a simple display, or wide variety of displays, with standardized web-enabled cloud (SaaS) applications that store mission critical data images on a secure storage system at a secure site? Why not facilitate the transition from CAPEX to OPEX, license to subscription, infrastructure to product and service development?
In reality, unless an organization is in the hardware or software development business, there is very little technical justification for building and managing a data center. This includes secure facilities supporting military or other sensitive sites.
The cost of building and maintaining a data center, compared with either outsourcing into a commercial colocation site – or virtualizing data, applications, and network access requirements has gained the attention of CFOs and CEOs, requiring IT managers to more explicitly justify the cost of building internal infrastructure vs. outsourcing. This is quickly becoming a very difficult task.
Money spent on a data center infrastructure is lost to the organization. The cost of labor is high, the cost of energy, space, and maintenance is high. Mooney that could be better applied to product and service development, customer service capacity, or other revenue and customer-facing activities.
The Bandwidth Factor
The one major limitation the IT community will need to overcome as data center consolidation continues and cloud services become the ‘norm, is bandwidth. Applications, such as streaming video, unified communications, and data intensive applications will need more bandwidth. The telecom companies are making progress, having deployed 100gbps backbone capacity in many markets. However this capacity will need to continue growing quickly to meet the needs of organizations needing to access data and applications stored or hosted within a virtual or cloud computing environment.
Consider a national government’s IT requirements. If the government, like most, are based within a metro area. The agencies and departments consolidate their individual data centers and server closets into a central or reduced number of facilities. Government interoperability frameworks begin to make small steps allowing cross-agency data sharing, and individual users need access to a variety of applications and data sources needed to fulfill their decision support requirements.
For example, a GIS (Geospatial/Geographic Information System) with multiple demographic or other overlays. Individual users will need to display data that may be drawn from several data sources, through GIS applications, and display a large amount of complex data on individual display screens. Without broadband access between both the user and application, as well as application and data sources, the result will be a very poor user experience.
Another example is using the capabilities of video conferencing, desktop sharing, and interactive persistent-state application sharing. Without adequate bandwidth this is simply not possible.
Revisiting the “4th Utility” for 2013
The final vision on the 2013 “wishlist” is that we, as an IT industry, continue to acknowledge the need for developing the 4th Utility. This is the idea that broadband communications, processing capacity (including SaaS applications), and storage is the right of all citizens. Much like the first three utilities, roads, water, and electricity, the 4th Utility must be a basic part of all discussions related to national, state, or local infrastructure discussions. As we move into the next millennium, Internet-enabled, or something like Internet-enabled communications will be an essential part of all our lives.
The 4th Utility requires high capacity fiber optic infrastructure and broadband wireless be delivered to any location within the country which supports a community or individual connected to a community. We’ll have to [pay a fee to access the utility (same as other utilities), but it is our right and obligation to deliver the utility.
2013 will be a lot of fun for us in the IT industry. Cloud computing is going to impact everybody – one way or the other. Individual data centers will continue to close. Service-oriented architectures, enterprise architecture, process modeling, and design efficiency will drive a lot of innovation. – We’ll lose some players, gain players, and and we’ll be in a better position at the end of 2013 than today.
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