Five years ago, RISC/UNIX was the right choice but today, there are challenges with these platformsUnable to Meet Business Flexibility/Agility Needs Complex system management Inflexible environment from both a server and cabling perspective Very few build private or public clouds on RISC – inflexible and poor economic model Complexity and high costs makes it difficult to upgrade/migrate applications to another RISC/UNIX platform Transitioning with corporate mergers/acquisitions is difficult because open, standard platforms are not being used New projects coming online and user growth leads to increased need for greater scalability, capacity and better utilization (should this be targeted more towards the need for private clouds and virtualization with appls moving around the data center) Skills shortages – Few graduates come out of school with RISC/UNIX experience – primarily Linux/x86 and Windows/x86 – so the current population with RISC/UNIX background is aging and very expensive.High Costs while IT department budgets are shrinking High environmental, support, and maintenance costs with current RISC/UNIX infrastructure Extremely high capital costs to upgrade to another RISC/UNIX platform and high operational costs with greater environmental and maintenance costs. High software licensing costs High levels of complexity leading to high admin costs Too many different platforms with different management paradigms High cost of trained staff/talent and difficulty in finding them Poor price-performance Current installations have insufficient performance, and are not keeping pace with the market, i.e. the latest Intel Xeon processor performance capabilities. Upgrading to the latest RISC/UNIX platform is VERY expensive Out-of-band high costs for small modular capacity increaseEnvironmental Factors Large footprint High power and cooling requirements RISC/UNIX server sprawl leading to need/desire to consolidateCustomers Uneasy About Future Plans of Oracle for SPARC/Solaris Not a hardware company - Uncertain roadmap Already has a Linux offering and may be positioning x86 as a SPARC replacement Long release schedules Vendor lock-in Support policies that require bundling: difficult to do business with Many long term Sun partners no longer on-hand as trusted advisorsBecause of these difficulties most companies plan to migrate off the RISC/UNIX platformIntel Xeon-based platforms are delivering performance and RAS features comparable to RISC/UNIX platforms But it’s not enough to migrate to ANY platform,Which platform to migrate to is a difficult decision.
Well, let me give you some reasons to migrate off your current RISC/UNIX platforms. Fundamentally, the landscape of the business-critical application market has changed. IT organizations have come up against the real limits and uncertainty within their legacy RISC/UNIX implementations. IT departments are experiencing the pain of increasing RISC/UNIX maintenance and software license costs while IT department budgets are shrinking. At the same time, the aging infrastructure doesn’t provide the performance or the flexibility required to support the requirements of the business coupled with overarching uncertainty about RISC/UNIX futures foreshadowed by missed deadlines, changes in roadmaps and dropped hardware and software support.At the same time, the x86 architecture has matured into the de facto industry standard, fostering a rich application, operating system, server, and partner ecosystem. The majority of enterprises are adopting Intel® Xeon® processors in all aspects of enterprise computing, taking advantage of the improved economics and flexibility of industry-standard architectures
97% unit volumes are x86 architecture-based 89% are Intel Xeon ProcessorsOnly 2% unit volumes are RISC-based Gravitational effect on software developers and technology innovatorsThe mission-critical application market developing first for Intel Xeon processorsLeading enterprise applications optimized for Intel Xeon processorsEconomic efficiencies are forcing many applications vendors to focus development Intel Xeon Processors. Enterprise applications on Intel Xeon include - Oracle - SAP -
We realize that IT organizations have greater demands than ever before. We believe that the best way to address these constantly changing demands is through IT services delivered on demand. As we talk with customers around the world, we continually hear that companies like yours can and are fundamentally transforming how they deliver IT and can realize significant economic benefits in doing so. EMC and Cisco, through its global technology leadership in server, networking, virtualization and storage along with VCE's market-leading converged infrastructure building blocks, provide customers with the capability to design and deploy applications and solutions by choosing from a range of virtual infrastructure architectures . Our companies’ shared vision, deep technology alignment, and joint product development will work for you as you tackle your biggest IT challenges and transform your IT infrastructure.Together, EMC and Cisco are re-shaping the cloud computing landscape. Our infrastructure and solutions address the entire evolution of the data center and enable you to create a truly virtualized and automated service-oriented data center infrastructure.
Customer have 3 options, they can Build their Own, they can buy a Reference Architecture from NetApp or EMC VSPEX, or they can purchase a VCE System. Customers chose the Vblock System because we can deliver in 45 to 90 days, from factory to floor. An IT manager came up to me at VMworld and told me his executives were sold on a NetApp reference architecture because they thought it would cost less. I said, “so how’s that going?” He said, “well, it was supposed to be deployed in August, and it’s already October!”From the left side:“Build your own path” continues to legacy tradition of selecting each IT component and then trying to create an infrastructure that can support present and future workloads, all of which results in IT staff that is consumed by maintaining infrastructure – and yielding disappointing results when utilization, productivity, responsiveness, security, availability, and compliance to SLAs are measured. Reference architectures provide improvements in deployments but they do not solve the problem of maintaining infrastructure up to most current revisions nor do reference architectures significantly improve IT productivity. So, reference architectures are better than the “build your own path” and serve an important role in the market place as a stepping stone on the path to converged infrastructure systems. Reference architectures are frequently adopted based upon vendor loyalty and/or due to internal organizational and political barriers to taking a more aggressive and fruitful path. There are a range of offerings on the market, with EMC’s VSPEX program representing a reference architecture with options to select Cisco, EMC and VMware product components. Reference architectures like VSPEX can simplify ordering and deployment, and provide improved support models, but do not approach the standardization of Vblock and so cannot approach the benefits and customer value provided by VCEVblock systems.The proven path to dramatically improved IT productivity and highest ROI is through Vblock systems. Vblock systems are prepackaged, physically and logically built systems for fast deployment with absoluter minimal risk, and they are managed and maintained as a complete system rather than as a collection of components. This not only provides the fastest and least risk path to deployment, but significantly streamlines ongoing operations and enable maximum flexibility for future enhancements and scale. VCE, through robust engineering, services and support efforts and processes, provides robust roadmap planning, new feature development, software upgrades and change control simplification, and end-to-end support with a single point of accountability and direct escalation into Cisco, EMC and VMware engineering.ALTERNATE SPEAKER NOTES:Cisco, EMC and VMware are the undisputed leaders in their markets. These three “#1 companies” have come together to create the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE). This truly supports the best of breed message.
In fact, when IDC interviewed VCE customers to compare operations before and after the Vblock Systems deployment, this is what they found. Companies can transform IT operations to achieve phenomenal results. IT staff can move up from a silo view to a systems view and resources can be shifted to innovation. AgilityAvoided logical build, configuration, cabling, and integration tasks normally associated with separate infrastructure elementsReduced calendar time for deployment from 5 weeks to 1 weekReduced staff time to configure/test/deploy by 75%End User ProductivityReduction in user inactivity due to system/application outage and unavailabilityReduced server incidents from 13.7 to 0.5 per yearReduced user productivity losses $9,000 per 100 users per yearIT StaffProductivityReduced time to configure/test/deploy; simpler, one-source problem resolution for entire stackIncreased IT Staff productivity over $10,000 per 100 users per year.Simplified IT Infrastructure CostsHigher utilization of storage, server, network resources, consolidate, footprint, lower power usage.Reduced costs for storage 60%, network hardware by 63%; servers 41%, power by 25%; reduce facilities space by 33%
BELOW ARE NOTES ONLY, NOT FOR MONITOR*enables customers to scale beyond these levels by adding more nodes to the environment.Global Protection – Atmos’ strength is storing, managing and protecting information in geographically dispersed environments. We are delivering new protection mechanisms that disperse object segments across multiple locations. This protection mechanism (GeoParity) is enabling service providers such as Swisscom (have this in production today) to achieve 65% efficiency improvements in their cost to serve and resiliency at the component, cabinet and site level.Expanded Access – Access to cloud storage environments is a hot topic and with Atmos 2.0 we have expanded our access to enable applications of all types:Amazon S3 applications – For applications integrated with the Amazon S3 interface we are delivering a beta interoperability API for those applications to seamlessly access an Atmos cloud storage system.GeoDrive - New Atmos GeoDrive provides Windows users and applications with transparent access to the cloud—in less than a minute.Centera integrated applications – We are enabling our Centera ISV and Centera customers to seamlessly connect to an Atmos cloud. Customers such as the CareGroup’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are transforming their archives to community based clouds and Atmos support for their Centera integrated applications is expediting this process. <<CareGroup quoted in our Atmos 2.0 press release>>“As we transform existing siloed archives to community based clouds, EMC Atmos has been pivotal in providing the cloud architectures to make this happen,” said John Halamka MD, CIO, CareGroup. “Now with the availability of the CAS interface, we will be able to seamlessly connect and migrate existing Centera based applications to the Atmos cloud. EMC Atmos for medical imaging has been a winner.”
It would be ideal if they would follow-up with a presentation with their technical decision makers or with a migration workshop.