Converged Infrastructure and the Evolving Data Center

first_imgA question I’m often asked by IT Leaders appears to be less of a technology question and more of an operational one; “how will the deployment of VblockTM Systems in my data center affect my IT staff?” I’d suggest they’re both dependent upon the other; the right technology leads to a smoother operational transition.Before looking at the technology I think it’s important to take a look back at where we’ve come from as historically as we’ve been making changes to keep up with the fast pace of the IT industry for years.Sixteen years ago I was a UNIX Engineer working with DEC Alpha systems and direct attached storage (still my favorite and most missed flavor of UNIX!); we had rack upon rack of storage dedicated to a single system running a large database. That’s the way we did it until somebody talked to us about shared storage. Of course there were objections from the application owners; how can you guarantee performance? How can you guarantee security and availability? But shared storage was here to stay and to say it’s prevalent within the data center today would be an understatement.About ten years ago we went through a similar transition with the advent of server virtualization. In the early days there was no vMotion and VM resources were limited; server virtualization was the exception rather than the rule. But as the technology matured we saw server consolidation becoming more of a reality. Once again we were asked; “how will you secure and guarantee the performance of my applications?” We could of course, the industry adjusted and today server virtualization is the rule with customers in all markets pushing for higher and higher consolidation ratios.So why, you may well ask, am I rambling on nostalgically about the various technologies witnessed during my time in IT? Simple, my career followed a very similar path. A career that began with UNIX progressed to storage, followed by server virtualization and then converged infrastructure. Had I insisted on remaining a UNIX engineer working with direct attached storage my career options today would probably be limited.We’re seeing something very similar today. The market has shifted and I’d argue converged infrastructure is here to stay; it’s the natural transition within the data center. With this transition skill sets are once again going to have to change or people will find their options becoming limited. Like the technology they’re going to have to adjust; it’s a natural transition for them too.So nothing new – it’s a pattern we’ve seen happen time and time again and will continue to see throughout our careers. With the change, however, comes good news – now instead of asking; “how will the Vblock deployment affect my IT Staff” the IT Director can ask “how can we best refocus our time to meet the business needs of the company?”  Far too many in the data center must do more with fewer resources; they have accelerated timelines in which to deploy for a new project or initiative and don’t have the right skill sets in house. Vblock Systems allow them to take a look at their staff, analyze where there maybe shortfalls and reallocate them. It allows them to focus on their critical business applications rather than the underlying infrastructure that supports them.It’s always good to hear this confirmed when speaking with our customers who’ve deployed Vblock in their data centers; with more resources dedicated to their critical business applications innovation has increased.  As a result they’ve become more competitive and are in many cases a step ahead of the competition.I mentioned earlier that the right technology leads to a smoother operational transition. Let’s take that a little further.In today’s data centers companies have personnel with strong skill sets around compute, storage and networking as individual components. What they don’t necessarily have is the ability to pull those components together rapidly, per best practice, for optimal application performance and availability. Vblock of course provides this value from a physical perspective; when integrated with the proper management strategy it performs it from both a physical and a logical one.It sounds easy doesn’t it? Of course it’s not; if it’s not done right you’ll have staff who aren’t trained in the new solution, don’t have access or can’t manage the environment through the tools they do know, and unplanned downtime will be the result.With that in mind, it’s the approach rather than the specific tool that becomes important. The ability to transition to a new operational model as the skill sets of your IT staff evolve too. The ability to use existing tool sets and transition to the new within your data center as requirements dictate rather than allowing the solution to force your hand. Now of course if you want to “flip the switch” it can be done, but if your concern is in how you integrate new technology within your data center, Vblock can accommodate that approach too.There’s a lot more to be said about our approach but for the sake of brevity I’ll leave it there; suffice it to say more will follow in future posts and through VCE announcements. For now I’d like to say thanks for your time, thanks for reading, and please come back and visit this site again soon.last_img read more

Highgrove bathroom owner has created the perfect bathroom deisgn

first_img1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach WatersAfter 11 years of bathroom design Mr Crosland said the key was to keep everything simple.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I have been designing duplex-style homes that are unique and all different from each other,” he said. “I tried to keep things simple with this home and I didn’t want to cramp everything in a small space. 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach Waters“The matt black is great because it accentuates everything else,” Mr Crosland said.“I am always excited to get my hands onto designing a bathroom. “High gloss is definitely a trend that has faded out and I love working with new styles.” Mr Crosland said he Broadbeach Waters home was his second boutique project.“I have lived in it with my girlfriend Katie for about a year now,” he said.The bathroom renovator said he builds boutique developments that he wants to live in, across the Gold Coast. 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach WatersTHE boss of Highgrove Bathrooms, Nick Crosland, wanted to give his Broadbeach Waters home wow-factor finishes in every room.Light, bright and topped with timber throughout, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is one of two Mr Crosland designed and developed. 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach Waters“Instead of pushing the staircase into a corner for more space I decided to make it the central feature so you could walk around it and look at the paintings on the foyer wall, kind of like a gallery.”The bathroom combines timber vanities with dark stone floors, white marble-style walls and matt black tapware.center_img 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach WatersSpotted gum doors towering 2.7m create a grand entry which flows into a foyer with a soaring ceiling void and floating staircase over a black, subway-tiled botanical garden. The home has a stylish open-plan living room and kitchen, with a wine fridges in the island bench and a breakfast window bar that overlooks the pool and canal. gcb realestate 1/30 Bombala Street Broadbeach Waters 9 January 2017“It is funny because I am building another duplex design at Palm Beach and I’m excited to live there for a while too before I put it on the market,” Mr Crosland said. “My favourite place in this home is the patio. Katie and I always enjoy kicking our feet up and having a drink there.”last_img read more