I've previously spoke about Converged Infrastructure and its readiness for hosting business critical systems which were previously the domain of Mainframe and Open Systems (UNIX), I've also spoke about Cloud Reference Architectures and how these can ease the adoption of Cloud Computing within your organisation. In this article I want to talk a little about deciding which workloads or applications can easily be migrated to Cloud Architectures, based on Converged Infrastructures, and why this will benefit your organisation.
Many IT departments are struggling to deliver increased benefit to their businesses whilst reducing their budgets and maintaining or improving service. I see this everyday when talking to senior IT leaders in both the UK and wider EMEA countries. Everybody is struggling and given the current economic climate, this really isn't surprising.
One of the strategies I advocate and I'm happy to say one which is being adopted by organisations both small and large from all sectors is the migration of expensive proprietary UNIX systems to cost-effective x86 (Intel) based systems running Linux. Many IT leaders already know that this makes sound economic sense and there are many simple cost models which can be used to prove this.
The stumbling block is more often than not understanding the approach that needs to be taken to identification of migration candidate workloads so being able to understand areas such as application dependencies, current infrastructure utilisation, transformation and consolidation opportunities. Another much more practical question that I am asked is around people and the training and skills required.
So how are we helping to educate IT leaders and provide them with the information they need to be able to make a well informed and decision to help deliver the increased benefits and competitive advantage so many businesses are no looking for their internal IT to deliver?
Your first step should be a rigorous discovery exercise that will enable you to understand all of the physical and virtual infrastructure you already have deployed in your organisation. On top of this you will need to layer your service technology patterns, which should include any application interdependencies before finally understanding the workload performance and utilisation metrics.
Once you have this information you can begin the process of classification. This can be as simple or as complicated a process as your organisation demands.
I have come across both ends of this spectrum from simple;
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