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Reducing Risk And Cost In With A Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment

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The LIMA aims to establish the maturity of your current Linux environment in order to help your organisation develop it to a level which fits with your technical and business requirements.

The LIMA aims to establish the maturity of your current Linux environment in order to help your organisation develop it to a level which fits with your technical and business requirements.

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  • 1. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Maturing Your Linux
  • 2. LIMA Objective Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment To provide a Linux operating environment that is fully aligned to your technical and business requirements, dramatically reduce deployment time, simplify maintenance, increase stability, and reduce support and management costs.
  • 3. Structure Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 01. Linux – The State of Play 02. Linux - The Current Challenge? 03. What is Required to Mitigate Risk? 04. The Proven Fast Track - LIMA
  • 4. Structure Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 01. Linux – The State of Play
  • 5. Linux Adoption Trends Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Linux 80% 2010 2011 2012 60% 69% 73% Windows 20% 5 year plan for increased OS investments Increasing 80% Decreasing 1% Enterprises increasing use of Linux for mission critical workloads The results of this survey were based on responses from 355 IT professionals from organizations with £250 million or more per year in revenues and/or 500+ employees. Maintaining or increasing Linux to support cloud
  • 6. Linux Is Being Used Everywhere Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Stock Exchange use Linux New York Movies are made on Linux The automotive trade uses Linux Banks use Linux International Space Station uses Linux London Singapore
  • 7. Why Linux? Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment What our customers tell us motivates them to adopt more Open Architectures* 01. Technical agility 04. End-users 07. Reduced costs 02. Cost agility 05. Customers 08. Innovation 03. Cloud 06. Collaboration 09. Quality *Source: LinuxIT Survey (February 2013)
  • 8. What Are The Market Forces Behind Linux Adoption Trends Preferred OS for Tier-1 Applications Preferred OS for Cloud Preferred OS for Big Data Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Preferred OS Certification for CV’s 93% of employers plan to hire a Linux pro in the next 12 months The results of this survey were based on responses from 850 hiring managers from corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies.
  • 9. Structure Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 02. Linux – The Current Challenge
  • 10. Current Challenges For Linux Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment OSS empowers organisations to increase innovation, efficiency and competitiveness. As OSS becomes more pervasive, the need for governance increases exponentially. Open source governance should be embedded in broader governance to insure IT supports the business goals, and appropriately manages IT-related risks and opportunities. As the use of OSS is growing and maturing, the need for governance has become an integral part of mainstream IT management. OSS is ubiquitous and unavoidable - having a policy against it is impractical and may place you at a competitive disadvantage and more.
  • 11. Current Challenges For Linux Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 50% of Global 2000 organisations will experience technology cost and security challenges due to lack of Open Source governance By 2014 Source: Gartner Through 2015 Less than 50% of IT organisations will have effective Open Source governance programs in place Poor governance can expose organisations to potential quality and business risks, putting organisations in a vulnerable position.
  • 12. Current Challenges For Linux Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Slashed IT budgets are forcing organisations to look at cost effective alternatives like OSS whilst delivering quality and innovation. However, lack of knowledge and information has driven organisations to act outside normal governance when adopting Linux and OSS. Mike Curtis, Executive Director at LinuxIT However, the very nature of OSS and historically the way in which it has proliferated outside of corporate governance filters now means it suffers from a lack of quality and adherence to governance policies. This makes it appear inferior and riskier than governed IT estates, explains Curtis.
  • 13. Current Challenges For Linux Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Why your organisation will benefit from best practice Linux architectures and systems management The common issues • Linux often entered into the organisation via the backdoor many years ago and has proliferated organically, rather than against a strategy or plan. • It has not, therefore, been subject to the same rigorus standards or ROI assessments applied across the UNIX and Microsoft estates. • This very often leads to multiple, undocumented builds of variable standards across numerous Linux distributions.
  • 14. Current Challenges For Linux Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment • Some of these distributions do not carry the enterprise assurances demanded of a mission critical environment. • They are often not optimised for the application in terms of performance or security. • Without a standardised architecture design and documentation, there is a great deal of risk through dependency on the engineer that built the servers. • Servers are not built with operational efficiencies in mind, so scaling up capacity is complex, expensive and does not benefit from any economies of scale. • It also often means they are not regularly updated with security patches and fixes which can introduce risk into the organisation.
  • 15. Current Challenges For Linux Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment • Because they have not been built against best practice, there is often no facility to detect, isolate and correct problems before they impact on the business. • Very often, security has not been considered to the extent that it should have been when building these servers, particularly in terms of identity management, activity monitoring and virus/malware management. • Ultimately poor practice around Linux causes an increase in failure rates, security risk and costs while decreasing productivity, operational efficiencies and the value your organisation is able to deliver. • Customers may not return if they’ve suffered from a bad experience - for example, on an e-commerce or m-commerce website, leading to lost sales opportunities.
  • 16. Structure Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 03. What is Required to Mitigate Risk?
  • 17. Audit Linux Significance Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Perform a thorough audit of your current Linux environments Including what varieties of distributions, versions and configurations exist and where, why and how they are deployed and managed. This includes all instances of Linux existing and planned, the hardware it sits on and applications it underpins, and how it integrates into the environment. Be sure to document.
  • 18. Audit Linux Competencies Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Undertake a skills assessment To establish whether the necessary competencies exist in-house or indeed with your service provider. Beware, there are very few service providers that have these competencies themselves and contractors simply cannot offer the integrated services approach.
  • 19. Implement Best Practice Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment • Manage your systems in such a way that you are aware of problems before your customers are - implement fault management systems that are designed specifically to provide a greater return on investment in your Linux estate. • Secure your Linux infrastructure with best practice Linux security management that addresses access controls, user activity, data privacy, viruses and malware and denial of service attacks. • Adopt best practice Linux as the foundation for value recognition further up the stack.
  • 20. Structure Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 04. The Proven Fast Track- LIMA
  • 21. Evaluate Maturity Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Define Assess Envision Transform
  • 22. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Model Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Optimised Standardised Controlled or none has been identified in the infrastructure Ad-hoc No Linux U U L R L N N E B C S N L B S 0 1 2 3 4 S B
  • 23. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Model Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Lack of capability Reactive Optimised Unpredictable, Uncoordinated Standardised Undocumented strategy Controlled No Linux Ad-hoc 2 3 4 Lack of reporting or MI No/low budget No Backups or DR 0 1
  • 24. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Model Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Basic documentation Coordinated plans Some systems integration No configuration management Optimised Emergent Linux strategy Standardised Ad-hoc No Linux Controlled 3 4 Less reactive Basic management processes Some cost control Some monitoring & reporting Backups and some DR exists 0 1 2
  • 25. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Model Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Mature Strategy Configurations managed systems integrated Effective monitoring & reporting with detailed MI Proactive management focus Optimised Controlled Ad-hoc No Linux Standardised Consolidated and rationalised Details SLA’s Effective backup policy Effective DR (manual intervention required) Budget and costs managed Most risk identified Capability to deploy new resources in days and hours 0 1 2 3 4
  • 26. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Model Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Standardised Controlled Ad-hoc No Linux Optimised Dynamic & flexible strategy Scalability to accommodate new requirements (deployable in minutes and seconds) Lean & agile processes highly integrated Real time MI fed into KPI’s, Businessbased SLA’s (reflects availability & capacity requirements) Automated systems management Highest levels of auditability and security Full BCP and DR systems in place, regularly tested Fully identifiable cost and risks Proactively focused on improvement 0 1 2 3 4
  • 27. LIMA Process Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Scope Phases Analysis Discovery Current State Strategy Consulting Analysis Assessment Presentation & Discussion Transformation Reporting Enablement Program Future State Vision
  • 28. Assess Maturity Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Groundbreaking Assessment Toolkit Integrated and Holistic Conceptual Framework
  • 29. Envision Appropriate Level of Maturity Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Identify Appropriate Future State of Maturity Mature Strategy Configurations managed systems integrated Effective monitoring & reporting with detailed MI Proactive management focus Optimised Controlled Ad-hoc No Linux Standardised Consolidated and rationalised Details SLA’s Effective backup policy Effective DR (manual intervention required) Budget and costs managed Most risk identified Capability to deploy new resources in days and hours 0 1 2 3 4 ...informed by technology and business requirements and strategy Pragmatically Designed by Qualified Consultants
  • 30. Transformation Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Ambitious but Achievable balances costs, scope, pace, capabilities, benefits and timing Gap Analysis Prioritise Requirements to Bridge Gap Reassess Maturity Design Transformation Enablement Program Implement Discrete Transformation Elements Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment
  • 31. Reporting Maturity Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment 70 page report designed to inform and advise with degrees of granularity appropriate to different readers
  • 32. Accreditations Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Just some of our awards, accreditations and partnerships
  • 33. Customers Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Some of our private sector customers Telecommunications Retail Media & Entertainment Financial Services Manufacturing Technology Transportation Utilities
  • 34. Customers Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Some of our public sector customers Councils Health Education Government Not For Profit Police Charity
  • 35. Linux Infrastructure Maturity Assessment Thank you