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DevOps and Hybrid Infrastructure Synergy

Transformation Infrastructure

By pwsadmin | September 26, 2020

Hybrid IT enables a composable infrastructure which describes a framework whose physical compute, storage, and network fabric resources are treated as services. Resources are logically pooled so that administrators need to physically configure hardware to support a specific software application, which describes the function of a composable architecture. This type of transformative infrastructure is foundational…

Essential Characteristics of Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 25, 2020

A survey of 2,000 executives conducted by Cognizant in 2016 identified the top five ways digital transformations generate value:      Accelerating speed to market      Strengthening competitive positioning      Boosting revenue growth      Raising employee productivity      Expanding the ability to acquire, engage, and retain customers   Digital transformation is also a cultural change. Cloud Computing as Digital Transformation Since cloud…

Embrace Transformation

By pwsadmin | September 22, 2020

From a business perspective, differentiating business processes and quality customer service are central to overall success. Business leaders must therefore clearly identify and measure how information technology contributes to the value of every key business process. They must also know how to most cost effectively use IT when the task is merely the management of…

Computer Vision Advances Zero-Defect Manufacturing

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

by Kevin L. Jackson Electronics manufacturers operate in a challenging environment. It’s hard enough to keep up with the ever-accelerating rate of change in the industry. Now customers want increasingly specialized product variations in less time and of higher quality. Meeting this demand for increased product variation can seriously impact the bottom line. Such variability increases…

Real-Time Analytics Power the Roadway of the Future

By pwsadmin | July 25, 2020

By Kevin L. Jackson The complexities of citywide traffic are pushing the limits of existing transportation management systems. Outdated infrastructure is based on proprietary, single-purpose subsystems, making it costly to acquire, operate, and maintain. And current roadways are simply not prepared for the future of autonomous vehicles. Enter the SPaT Challenge, an initiative encouraging cities and…

Thriving on the Edge: Developing CSP Edge Computing Strategy

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are facing significant business model challenges. Referred to generally as edge computing, the possibilities introduced by the blending of 5G networks and distributed cloud computing technologies are redefining how CSPs operate, partner, and drive revenue. A new Ericsson Digital whitepaper entitled, “Edge computing and deployment strategies for communication service providers,” addresses these challenges…

SourceConnecte! Marketplace With A Mission

By pwsadmin | March 6, 2020

Earlier this year, GC GlobalNet launched a new breed of B2B e-commerce sites. Curated by Kevin L. Jackson, SourceConnecte (with an “e”) went live with three strategic goals in mind: Efficiently leverage modern social media technologies to facilitate value-based interactions between enterprise buyers and vetted suppliers; Establish a protected interactive environment capable of supporting high-value B2B e-commerce negotiations…

Potential vs. Reality: Is Edge Computing Real?

By pwsadmin | January 19, 2020

Edge computing provides compute, storage, and networking resources close to devices generating traffic. Its benefits are based on an ability to provide new services capable of meeting stringent operational requirements by minimizing both data latency and the need for bandwidth. Based on Google trend data, searches for the term has also grown substantially over the…

Enabling Digital Transformation

By pwsadmin | December 22, 2019

Digital transformation integrates technology into all areas of an organization’s business or mission. Its fundamental purpose is to create and deliver innovative and industry-changing products and services to a global customer base. This outcome requires the seamless two-way flow of data and information between internal business processes and external processes that interact with customers, business…

The ThinkShield Story Part 1: The Challenge

By G C Network | October 24, 2019

The cybersecurity challenge seems to be growing daily. Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and attacks are becoming more destructive while the corporate world’s response seems to resemble a deer in headlights. Recent examples of this dangerous state of affairs include[1]: A data breach of a US Customs and Border Protection surveillance contractor that led to…

(This post first appeared in IBM’s Point B and Beyond)

The definition of DevOps emphasizes collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals while automating the software delivery and infrastructure change process. While agile software development and the use of automated infrastructure configuration tools stand proudly in the DevOps spotlight, little has been said about the actual infrastructure that modern tools such as Puppet and Chef automate.

DevOps in Hybrid IT Environments

Much has been written about Chaos Monkey, a tool that ensures individual software components work independently by randomly killing instances and services within Netflix’s Amazon Web Service (AWS) infrastructure. This process clearly stresses AWS infrastructure operations as automation scripts reconfigure infrastructure components on the fly. Without taking anything away from the operations excellence this displays, how would an enterprise match this feat across a hybrid IT environment? How would you support the DevOps philosophy across a hybrid IT infrastructure?

The DevOps philosophy embodies the practice of operations and development engineers working together through the entire service life cycle, from design to development to production support. It’s linked closely with agile and lean approaches and abandons the siloed view of the development team being solely focused on building and the operations team being exclusively centered on running an application.
As enterprises adopt both private and public clouds, they typically do not throw away their in-house infrastructure. Although consolidation, outsourcing and IT efficiencies may reduce the number of corporately owned data centers, a hybrid operational environment will still remain. Extending the DevOps philosophy into such an environment requires active management of all an organization’s IT infrastructure, regardless of its source. This active IT management is different from the budget-and-forget management seen in the past and requires the following:
  • Active monitoring and metering of all IT services;
  • Continuous benchmarking and comparisons of similar services; and
  • Viable options for change among pre-vetted and approved IT infrastructure service options (IT supply chain management).

These management functions are delivered by IT service broker enablement, which refers to the integration of platforms that aggregate, customize and/or integrate IT service offerings through a single platform. In transforming the traditional, mostly static infrastructure model into a multisourced IT service supply chain operation, these platforms also deliver financial management and hybrid IT solution design support. They uniquely enable the infrastructure dynamism needed to pursue DevOps across a hybrid IT environment.

A DevOps Mindset in the Dynamic World of Cloud

According to Gravitant, hybrid IT is also more than just a catalog of public and private IT infrastructure resources. It is a strategic approach that unifies the hardware and software operational components of an end-to-end solution. With this approach, an organization standardizes the delivery of multisourced solutions by doing the following:

  • Leveraging existing tools and resources without disruption;
  • Offering additional, automated choices for users who need speed and agility; and
  • Addressing architecture holistically, with the optimal balance of technology investments — on-premises, off-premises, hosted, private or public.

This concept requires a shift in structure and mindset because the dynamic world of the cloud requires a new organizational structure. The shift in structure helps organizations move from a
technology mindset to a more solution-based focus, building the skills and expertise required to support fast, flexible and cost-effective IT processes. The main objective is to transform IT teams from static, technology-focused teams into brokers of IT services. When this happens, IT will become a company asset by responding dynamically to the organization’s needs.

The Value of IT Service Brokerage

The IT service broker function sits between the back office (operations) and the front office (user experience), creating a middle office that is responsible for much of the new business operations skills, such as sourcing, procurement, packaging and billing. The enablement platform defines and executes the technology and sourcing strategies and supports the creation of solution architectures that maximize the value of your multisourced investment.

IT service brokerage redefines the meaning of hybrid IT by introducing inherent provisioning, orchestration, portability and interoperability services. In fact, DevOps is to software as IT service brokerage is to infrastructure. To be successful in today’s dynamic and global business environment, modern organizations need to build dynamic and agile infrastructures that can support agile and dynamic software development and deployment models. This is why IT service broker enablement is the key to DevOps and hybrid infrastructure synergy.

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