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Out of the Lab and Into the Datacenter - Which Technologies Are Ready?

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Enterprise IT has long been a conservative field, with many promising technologies and products skipped in favor of a safer-seeming choice. But technology development continues at a rapid pace, and many IT professionals are seeing the need to transform IT or be left in the dust! In this keynote, datacenter expert Stephen Foskett will share his views on technology adoption: How to judge which products and technologies will sink and which will soar, and which trends are worth betting a career on.

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Out of the Lab and Into the Datacenter - Which Technologies Are Ready?

  1. 1. Out of the Lab and Into the Datacenter Which Technologies Are Ready? Stephen Foskett stephen@fosketts.net @SFoskett Blog.Fosketts.net © Foskett Services 1
  2. 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. 3. What’s Your Strategy? © Foskett Services 3
  4. 4. What Are You Building? • Techies want cool, but companies want functional • What applications are being supported? What do they need? • How can a product or company help you do your job? © Foskett Services 4
  5. 5. Classic IT Strategy © Foskett Services 5 Support existing applications Push for transformation
  6. 6. Sustaining vs. Transforming • Conflicting demand on IT • Concern about future relevance • Opportunity to bring change • Personal growth © Foskett Services 6
  7. 7. Sustaining IT • Reliability • Support • Performance • Seamless growth and adaptation Get out of the way © Foskett Services 7
  8. 8. Transforming IT • Efficiency • Automation • Integration • Cool toys Make an impact © Foskett Services 8
  9. 9. Considering Products… Is it sustaining or transformational? © Foskett Services 9
  10. 10. Looking at Sustaining Products © Foskett Services 10
  11. 11. Sustaining Products • Start with support - call them and see who answers • Consider the pedigree of the company and product • Separate hardware and software considerations Must be reliable © Foskett Services 11
  12. 12. Sustaining Product Clues • Hypervisor • Virtualization • FC/NAS • Converged infrastructure • VSAN © Foskett Services 12
  13. 13. 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 13
  14. 14. 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 14
  15. 15. Convergence converged infrastructure pulls everything together into “building blocks” server and storage are co- located and distributed integration is the key © Foskett Services 15
  16. 16. Looking at Transformational Products © Foskett Services 16
  17. 17. Transformational Products • What was the product designed to do? • How old is the design? Waves of innovation • Look for integration above all • Autonomous systems Must truly be different © Foskett Services 17
  18. 18. Transformational Product Examples • Scale-out architecture • Sharded • Micro-services • Software-defined • Cloud platforms © Foskett Services 18
  19. 19. 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 19
  20. 20. Thank You! Stephen Foskett stephen@fosketts.net @SFoskett blog.fosketts.net TechFieldDay.com 20

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