Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break and think… For example about the global IT workload distribution over the next years and the driving technology behind.
The message from the graph is crystal clear:
- The share of traditional IT delivery will be dramatically reduced
- More and more workloads will move to industrialized platforms (on private and public cloud)
- You need a strategy on how to run your workloads in a hybrid or multi-cloud service model
Depending on your situation there are different ways to define your strategy. The new powerhouse of Dell Technologies, consisting of Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream, and VMware offers a lot of strong solutions for your digital transformation as outlined in the figure below.
First of all, you need to know your applications (size, performance, communication needs, SLAs), cluster them and define your migration requirements (downtime, mobility).
Then, you need to think about your service model. Hybrid or multi-cloud? Just IaaS or managed service as much as possible?
At the solutions layer you have different options to build your software-defined data center. VMware Validated Designs provide a comprehensive and extensively-tested set of blueprints for building and operating an SDDC. It gives you the most flexibility, however it is not as fast to implement as VMware Cloud Foundation or the Dell EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, that comes as a turnkey solution. Instead of setting up the infrastructure in your own data center you can also think about extending your SDDC to the vCloud Air Network or to VMware Cloud on AWS (GA announced for mid 2017). Another cloud option is Microsoft Azure (powered by Dell). And finally we have the enterprise-class cloud portfolio from Virtustream. In addition we offer strong solutions for Native Hybrid Cloud and Big Data / IOT.
At the infrastructure layer you can optimize, protect and transform your traditional IT (which will still host the majority of workloads for the next 5 years) and combine with (hyper-)converged infrastructures or validated/engineered systems.
What a powerful offering – isn’t it?
If you want some more data center strategy stuff: Another great reading about global IT workload development, is the Data Center Knowledge article about Intel’s prediction that between 70 and 80 percent of the world’s systems will switch to “Scale” Data Centers by 2025. Read here for more.