As many of you know, several months ago I accepted the challenge to become VP and Chief Technologist of HP Technology Services. While still doing my CTO function for HP CFS and continuing the EYP MCF tradition of supporting customers with best-in-class data center services, it took me some time to accommodate to the size, multi-disciplinary environment and responsibilities of leading the technology directions for HP Technology Services.
In fact, it is an exciting time to be part of HP Technology Services—the growing portfolio and spectrum of services we continue developing has never reached these levels before. This blog will focus on our developing technologies and market view, and most of all my personal opinions as well as those of my friends and colleagues in the industry. Topics that interest me include:
- Computing directions
- Support Automation
- Data center strategy
- Data center design
- Implementation and operation
- Converged Infrastructure
Certainly the data center world is close to my heart. I will focus herein on some basic strategic messages for decision makers in that field. CXOs are dealing today with serious concerns when required to make decisions for their future strategies related to their data center portfolios. The dilemmas are created not only by the right budget investments but also by the fact that there are some gaps in the visibility of future technologies and topologies of computational platforms, their characteristics, capabilities and gradients of change. The expectations are to get to a formula that is allowing a faster deployment of IT business support, towards “industrialized IT” at significant lower cost.
There is an understanding that moving from the Enterprise Class to the Global Class will create large systems with higher complexity. The only way to deal with the increased complexity is to standardize, control and simplify your basic modules—I’ll get into that important topic in one of my future blogs. One thing is sure, that CXO decision will not be mostly qualitative as in the past but rather quantitative and based on factual numbers.
A good strategy should start with asking five basic questions such as: What to build? How big? Where to build it? How to optimize my process of decision? And the very important “How to correctly document that process? In order to respond to this basic set of questions there is a crucial need to understand your business requirements in terms of: business and IT future patterns, applications, hardware and IT KPIs. This database utilized with the right tools will allow right alignment of infrastructure requirements such as: KW/racks, total KWs/BTUs, physical size, scalability and growth.
In the past this would be enough. But at this time, a process of optimization between reliability requirements, energy efficiency and total cost of ownership is required to enable the right CXO decision followed by implementation stage. In the C4ISR world, an additional element is required into that optimization, as it has a heavy impact on everything, and this is related to the survivability function.
Hope you will enjoy reading my lines,