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Virtual Data Center - Maturity Model Explained

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Virtual Data Center - Maturity Model Explained

  1. 1. VDC Maturity Model Level 5 Level 4 Data Center Level 3 Scaling the Level 2 Managing the Orchestration Level 1 Data Center Data Center Data Center Data Center Availability 101 Data Center Scale Orchestration Advanced Optimization Basic Application Basic Application n Network Application Management n Network n Server Services n Server Services n Network n OS n Network n Server n OS n Network n Server n Management n Management n OS n Storage n Storage n Management n Application n Application n Hardware n Hardware n Service Maturity Progression
  2. 2. VDC Maturity Model Explained Level 1: Data Center 101 Level 2: Data Center Availability Level 3: Managing the Data Center Level 4: Scaling the Data Center Level 5: Data Center Orchestration Level 1 is where all data centers begin. The next step towards a mature The Level 3 data center is a new way Level 4 addresses the need to scale A Level 5 data center is the future, This is literally the first step in building data center, Level 2 introduces the of thinking. Rather than focusing on the data center to support business the Virtual Data Center, where the a data center. There is no application idea of basic application availability, the individual components of what needs. This is where larger concepts data center has moved from individual availability, optimization, or security. using more sophisticated Application makes up the DC, Level 3 starts to like Disaster Recovery and Application components to a fully orchestrated This is a “hands-on” data center, Delivery Controllers (ADC) to look at the data center from the point Security begin to appear. Advanced “service” that uses each virtual requiring constant attention and full provide web and application server of view of the applications. More ADC features and branch-to-branch category together to seamlessly time servicing. virtualization, although typically advanced application management, transport and management systems provide application delivery in and these ADCs only provide basic load availability, optimization, and are introduced as optimization out of the of the DC. Data center Virtual Components: Network. balancing at this level. Basic security is security is introduced. Basic user becomes more a part of the business tasks become workloads (a clustering Benefit: Basic application availability. also introduced in this level with the management is also introduced at need and overall ROI issues. Data of multiple tasks in sequence to use of VLANs on the network. this level, factoring in how and where storage virtualization and optimization achieve a single goal); as workload How to get here: Basic server users are coming in and applying become critical issues for the demands increase, a fully configured “closet” in the corporate office. Virtual Components: Network, Authentication, Authorization, and applications in the data center, and management system allocates the Application Server. Auditing (AAA) of user transactions. managing those new storage solutions necessary resources to support Benefit: Ability to begin managing End-user experience also becomes a become as important as moving to the business needs. Resource and different parts of the data center for factor at this level; application service de-centralized storage. workload management includes all different tasks and purposes. offloading, such as SSL and caching, forms of virtualization, from operating appear at Level 3. Data center and automated system system to network to storage, How to get here: Begin looking management tools become a culminating in service virtualization. into higher-end Application Delivery Virtual Components: Network, necessity, although their use may Controllers and segmenting Application Server, Operating System, be limited (such as basic server Service Virtualization is synonymous applications by need. Management. configuration management, patch with a Level 5 data center. All parts management, automated user AAA of the data center are managed Benefit: Begin to move the data tasks, etc). together to provide application center away from “speeds and feeds” availability, optimization, and to managing it with the goal of Virtual Components: Network, security. A Level 5 data center is a outbound application access. Application Server, Operating System, completely dynamic, self-provisioning, Management, Storage, Application, orchestrated data center. How to get here: Enable advanced Hardware. features in the ADC, such as SSL Virtual Components: Network, offloading and content caching. Benefit: Scale and flexibility. Application Server, Operating System, Add user-based application security Independent components of the data Management, Storage, Application, policies for application access. Begin center can be managed discretely and Hardware, Service. looking into single-point management together by solution-oriented task. solutions. Applications take primary focus, not Benefit: A fully orchestrated data individual technologies that support center that support dynamic application applications. provisioning for growth, not repair. How to get here: Build out a fully How to get here: Today, this virtual infrastructure, beginning architecture requires a build from the with Operating System virtualization ground up approach, and typically is platforms and VDI solutions. Move from a completely custom-designed data a reactive to a pro-active design pattern. center built on internal solutions rather than off-the-shelf products. The VDC of tomorrow begins to bring standard components into a Level 5 data center.

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