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Agile Infrastructure Automation Presentation to Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA)


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IT infrastructure is not terribly agile today, but its imperative that it become more so in order to help businesses accelerate their time to market and over agility. This presentation covers a number of key challenges in achieving IT infrastructure agility across traditional, virtual and public cloud, within networked environments, and as self-service that doesn't end up in infrastructure waste. The presentation then introduces four key best practices and then tells a little bit about Quali's automation software solutions that are used by hundreds of customers today for agile infrastructure automation.

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Agile Infrastructure Automation Presentation to Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA)

  1. 1. Slide Header… Agile Infrastructure Automation Alex Henthorn-Iwane Vice-President, Marketing Thursday, February 27, 2014 QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  2. 2. Slide Header… Quali Company Overview Global Software Company Established 2004, privately held North America HQ: Santa Clara, CA R&D Center: Tel Aviv, Israel Market-leading supplier of automation solutions for: • IT infrastructure self-service for DevOPS agility and cloud evolution • Network test and test lab efficiency, productivity and savings Mature, proven technology: • Hundreds of customer deployments • Millions of infrastructure elements managed • $Billions in infrastructure managed QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  3. 3. Slide Header… Oh Infrastructure, How Agile Art Thou? The Goal: • • • • • The Reality? Cloud-like self-service Continuous everything SDN/SDDC Hybrid elasticity Agile /Lean IT / DevOps 451 Research reports that 61% of companies were still at the virtualization-only stage in the path to cloud readiness QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  4. 4. Slide Header… Agile Infrastructure Implies Automation Primary Value Stream APP APP APP APP Application Delivery Stakeholders Secondary Value Stream Self-Service/Automation QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  5. 5. Slide Header… Challenge: Self-Service Model How to evolve self-service? • Prevent VM creep/resource gridlock • Make self-service a round-trip • Reservation-based • Both auto-provisioning and auto-reclamation QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  6. 6. Slide Header… Automation Challenge: Legacy’s Long Tail Existing IT infrastructure a major obstacle • Massive investments in legacy infrastructure • Silo’d & homegrown applications • Industry-specific infrastructurebeyond the traditional datacenter “stack” 58% of CIOs said the complexity of their existing IT environment was their main barrier to adopting the cloud NTT Europe 2013 Survey of 300 CIOs on barriers to cloud adoption How to create self-service from this mess? • Old apps & infrastructure are like the proverbial “old soldier” • Mainframe + dedicated server + private VM + public cloud VM? • Agility mandate is in no less intense in these environments QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  7. 7. Slide Header… Challenge: Automation is Fixed or Fragmented “80% of automation today is scripts (you just might not know it)” Automation QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  8. 8. Slide Header… Challenge: Code-Centric Automation Infrastructure teams have few programmers, majority are nonprogrammers Programmer bottleneck Knowledge not systematized • Lives in programmer’s brains • Tribal knowledge phenomenon Non-programmer productivity: • Limited, dependent • Expertise trapped in silos Automation can’t scale its penetration of business processes QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  9. 9. Slide Header… Challenge: Not Ready for Networking Most orchestration & automation built for compute virtualization/cloud Complex IT infrastructure are topologies Networking gear = metal = not built for multi-tenancy Even with overlay network virtualization, you still have to deal with the fabric SDN will make things more complex QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  10. 10. Slide Header… Build & Maintain an Object Layer Inventory objects: • Actual inventory including physical, virtual, cloud, apps, tools, subnets, etc. • Hierarchical structure for granular multi-tenancy o o EG: Chassis—blade—port for bare metal switches Attributes: abstraction+ provisioning object parameters • Enables reservation/multi-tenancy Provisioning objects • Resource level interfaces Process task objects • Test automation (functional, sanity, regression) • Continuous Integration QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  11. 11. Slide Header… & DIY Integration Tools OOTB Pre-packaged libraries (of course) Independent interface creation: • Integrate and “objectize” API’s • Utilize existing scripts (TCL, python, etc.)— no “starting from zero” • Capture and objectize CLI, SNMP, terminal interactions Make them small and maintainable Overcomes interfacing obstacles Removes roadmap dependencies Helps integrate legacy infrastructure QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  12. 12. Slide Header… Integrate Orchestration & Workflow • Visual environment creation o o o o Inventory-based modeling Simple to any arbitrary network topology Abstract design to maximize utilization Packaged with provisioning & reclamation flows • Visual workflow authoring o o o Hide syntax from users Dramatically scale “service creation” Continuous integration, test automation QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  13. 13. Infrastructure Self-Service to Slide Header… People & Processes TO QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  14. 14. Slide Header… Agile Infrastructure Maturity Model Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Operational Level 2 Shared Level 1 Ad Hoc Local & Manual Automation of Complex Infrastrutcure Round-trip Self-Service Continuous Integration against elastic infrastructure Strategic Enterprise Object-Layer Collaboration Resource Consolidation Continuous Delivery of End-to-End Environments True Hybrid Cloud QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential Continuous Deployment
  15. 15. Slide Header… What’s QualiSystems Solution? Agile Infrastructure Automation Orchestrate & Automate • • • • Legacy, traditional, dedicated Private and public cloud Software-Defined Networking Reserve, provision & reclaim Full object & workflow automation toolset Patented, object-oriented automation technology QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  16. 16. Slide Header… Risk-Mitigated Application Evolution QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  17. 17. DataHeader… Provisioning & Slide Center Orchestration • Bare metal provisioning of complex data center environments o o • Provisioning of converged infrastructure product stacks o o • Experienced architects create complex provisioning workflows Less experienced engineers can execute provisioning processes successfully From bare metal to “ready to consume” Accelerates time to value Orchestrator for ongoing data center automation o o Sustainable, object-oriented architecture Can work with variety of automation languages QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  18. 18. Slide Header… SDN Network DevOps • SDNs offer northbound API’s for applications to drive network behavior • Yet SDN adopters will need to manage heterogeneous network environments with both legacy and SDN elements • CloudShell provides the means to automate the delivery of SDN/legacy network environments for agile network application development, testing and deployment QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential
  19. 19. Slide Header… Visit our Website QualiSystems Proprietary & Confidential