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Don't Double-Down on Infrastructure - Scale Out as Needed There has long been a philosophy in IT infrastructure that whenever you add capacity, you add plenty of room to grow into. This idea is based on traditional architecture that was complex, consisting of many disparate systems held together by the rigorous management of the administrators. The process of scaling out capacity has been a treacherous one that takes weeks or months of stress-filled nights and weekends.  These projects are so undesirable that administrators and anyone else involved would rather spend more than they like to buy more capacity than they need to avoid scaling out again as long as possible. There are a number of reasons why IT departments may need to scale out.  Hopefully it is because of growth of the business which usually coincides with increased budgets.  It could be that business ne... (more)

Cloud Computing vs Hyperconvergence | @CloudExpo #SDS #Cloud #Storage

The next generation of platforms is here with options in both cloud and on premises hyperconverged infrastructure. As IT departments look to move beyond traditional virtualization into cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms, they have a lot to consider. There are many types of organizations with different IT needs and it is important to determine whether those needs align more cloud or HCI. Before I dig into the differences, let me go over the similarities. Both cloud and HCI tend to offer a similar user experience highlighted by ease of use and simplicity. One ... (more)

IT Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #SDS #DataCenter #IoT #SDN #BigData

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Sometimes doing the same thing over and over while expecting the same results can be insane too. Find out how to change your expectations of IT infrastructure. Have you ever wondered if you are stuck in an IT infrastructure loop, continuously deploying the same types of components and integrating them into an overall infrastructure architecture? Servers for CPU and RAM, storage appliances, hypervisor software, and disaster recovery software/appliances are just some of the different componen... (more)

Infrastructure 101 | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

In a series of articles, I am going to share my thoughts on the state of IT infrastructure and how we've arrived with current architecture trends.  The topic today is SAN. Storage Area Networking (SAN) is a technology that solved a real problem that existed a couple decades ago. SANs have been a foundational piece of IT infrastructure architecture for a long time and have helped drive major innovations in storage.  But how relevant are SANs today in the age of software-defined datacenters? Let's talk about how we have arrived at modern storage architecture. First, disk arrays w... (more)

Hyperconverged Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #ML #Virtualization

You've probably heard a multitude of things around hyperconvergence or hyperconverged infrastructure as these are becoming hot new industry buzzwords, but what do these terms really mean? Are vendors that say they have hyperconverged infrastructure really living up to the promises of true hyperconvergence or is it just marketing hype? The terms "hyperconvergence" and "hyperconverged infrastructure" originated in a meeting between Jeff Ready and Jason Collier of Scale Computing and Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group. According to these three, the term was coined to mean the inclusio... (more)