Two weeks ago I spoke in DC in front of some of the leading Telcos in the world on various topics related to Sustainability. This group called GeSI (http://www.gesi.org/) is a very prestigious gathering of Telcos that investigate the next steps of global Sustainability in their market from various directions – certainly the IT being in the center of their attention. The discussion got even more interesting when I started describing the concepts behind CI. It makes a lot of sense for solving mobility in an agile way while using smart data center grid to keep everything under control. For a market in continuous transformation, where business continuity is crucial, CI makes a lot of sense. Honestly, the introduction of IT/Datacom in this traditional 7 9’s market created more complexity and took that remarkable availability capability down by at least two orders of magnitude. Now when dealing with the content delivery and becoming a heavy environment of servers, storage and network hardware, deployed into transforming Central Offices and going into the cloud, the Telcos are looking at innovative solutions that ease that deployment and make it also sustainable by using such integrated Green IT solutions as CI.
The concept of CI is well received by the industry and this week at the Gartner event in Las Vegas this direction was quite popular. The message related to that was very open in my opinion – CI and equivalent solutions from the largest technology manufacturers are the way to go just don’t get locked. It is only fair, as somebody that is leading and directing technology development I always drive towards open systems. Customers must have the options to create the solution that enables them with maximum flexibility, mostly when deploying integrated solution industry standards should be the link to customer’s best solution, not vendors limitations and constraints. I strongly agree with that message.
If we are going towards a future requiring Platform as a Services (PaaS) we must be able to align solutions that are synchronized at all layers – convergence enables also modularity and “tractable” scalability. CI is becoming a wider industry requirement not only because it helps to track the business needs with the IT requirements but it also improving time to market for that business. In my opinion CI is bringing us closer to the end-to-end control we are looking for in this industry for years.
Till next time, kg