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Gestalt IT
Why It’s Time to Stop
Thinking In Terms of Silos
Stephen Foskett
stephen@fosketts.net
@SFoskett
Blog.Fosketts.net
© Foskett Services
1
Stephen Foskett
is the organizer of Tech Field Day,
proprietor of Gestalt IT,
strangely interested in storage,
baseball believer,
all-around nerd, car nut,
Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert,
former first-chair bass clarinet player and punk rock frontman,
obsessive about lightbulbs, lover of a good Manhattan,
watch blogger, Apple blogger, vegetarian blogger,
dad to three kids with anagram names,
grammar obsessive, avid reader,
King of the Andals and the First Men,
humanist, frequent traveler,
and (apparently) lover of his own voice
© Foskett Services 2
Who Are You? How Did You Get Here?
are you "a storage admin" or a
human being with wants and
needs and diverse interests?
you can't be pigeonholed and
neither can your systems!
© Foskett Services 3
Gestalt
the ideal of Holism,
that systems and
their properties
should be viewed
as wholes, not as
collections of parts
© Foskett Services 4
in the beginning, computers were
just computers
and the people that managed
them knew them inside and out!
© Foskett Services 5
Then Something Changed
© Foskett Services 6
IT got too complicated…
…so we started building silos
now, production IT is awash in
specialists
but we all rely on each other
© Foskett Services 7
The Biggest Problem
each of us specialists assumes
that everyone else’s stuff “just
works”
so we treat it like a black box
© Foskett Services 8
nothing “just works”
© Foskett Services 9
hardware, software, or people,
it's all the same
we all need to work together
more effectively
we all need better-defined
integration points
© Foskett Services 10
Have you seen the future?
commoditization of components is a sign
virtualization is a sign
converged infrastructure is a sign
software-defined stuff is a sign
cloud platforms are a sign
© Foskett Services 11
Commodities
the datacenter went from dozens
of CPU architectures to just one
storage went from dozens of
interconnect technologies to just
a few
almost everything talks via
Ethernet
© Foskett Services 12
Virtualization
the virtual hardware platform is
the secret of server
commoditization
that every server thinks it’s
running on the same hardware
this makes whole servers a
commodity
(containerization is the same
thing)
© Foskett Services 13
Convergence
converged infrastructure pulls
everything together into “building
blocks”
server and storage are co-
located and distributed
integration is the key
© Foskett Services 14
Software-Defined
you interact with your computer
hardware using software
your computer interacts with
software on a server
server software that interacts
with other server software to
configure hardware is truly
“software-defined”
© Foskett Services 15
Gestalt IT is already here!
"Gestalt" IT is already here
servers, storage, even
networking gear
it's all made of the same stuff
© Foskett Services 16
Gestalt People
all this integration and software-
definition leads us to a new
platform for IT
managing the cloud requires
understanding of the connections
and interactions
we all need to embrace the
“gestalt” of the whole system
© Foskett Services 17
Thank You!
Stephen Foskett
stephen@fosketts.net
@SFoskett
blog.fosketts.net
TechFieldDay.com
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Gestalt IT - Why It’s Time to Stop Thinking In Terms of Silos

  • 1. Gestalt IT Why It’s Time to Stop Thinking In Terms of Silos Stephen Foskett stephen@fosketts.net @SFoskett Blog.Fosketts.net © Foskett Services 1
  • 2. Stephen Foskett is the organizer of Tech Field Day, proprietor of Gestalt IT, strangely interested in storage, baseball believer, all-around nerd, car nut, Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert, former first-chair bass clarinet player and punk rock frontman, obsessive about lightbulbs, lover of a good Manhattan, watch blogger, Apple blogger, vegetarian blogger, dad to three kids with anagram names, grammar obsessive, avid reader, King of the Andals and the First Men, humanist, frequent traveler, and (apparently) lover of his own voice © Foskett Services 2
  • 3. Who Are You? How Did You Get Here? are you "a storage admin" or a human being with wants and needs and diverse interests? you can't be pigeonholed and neither can your systems! © Foskett Services 3
  • 4. Gestalt the ideal of Holism, that systems and their properties should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts © Foskett Services 4
  • 5. in the beginning, computers were just computers and the people that managed them knew them inside and out! © Foskett Services 5
  • 6. Then Something Changed © Foskett Services 6 IT got too complicated… …so we started building silos
  • 7. now, production IT is awash in specialists but we all rely on each other © Foskett Services 7
  • 8. The Biggest Problem each of us specialists assumes that everyone else’s stuff “just works” so we treat it like a black box © Foskett Services 8
  • 9. nothing “just works” © Foskett Services 9
  • 10. hardware, software, or people, it's all the same we all need to work together more effectively we all need better-defined integration points © Foskett Services 10
  • 11. Have you seen the future? commoditization of components is a sign virtualization is a sign converged infrastructure is a sign software-defined stuff is a sign cloud platforms are a sign © Foskett Services 11
  • 12. Commodities the datacenter went from dozens of CPU architectures to just one storage went from dozens of interconnect technologies to just a few almost everything talks via Ethernet © Foskett Services 12
  • 13. Virtualization the virtual hardware platform is the secret of server commoditization that every server thinks it’s running on the same hardware this makes whole servers a commodity (containerization is the same thing) © Foskett Services 13
  • 14. Convergence converged infrastructure pulls everything together into “building blocks” server and storage are co- located and distributed integration is the key © Foskett Services 14
  • 15. Software-Defined you interact with your computer hardware using software your computer interacts with software on a server server software that interacts with other server software to configure hardware is truly “software-defined” © Foskett Services 15
  • 16. Gestalt IT is already here! "Gestalt" IT is already here servers, storage, even networking gear it's all made of the same stuff © Foskett Services 16
  • 17. Gestalt People all this integration and software- definition leads us to a new platform for IT managing the cloud requires understanding of the connections and interactions we all need to embrace the “gestalt” of the whole system © Foskett Services 17