Rick Sawyer often states, quite humbly, that “True Datacenter professionals are not made just because they have an IT degree in hand; they are made through hard work and hands-on experience.” With several professional degrees to his name, and 30 years of data center experience, you know your'e in good hands when he's on your team.
At the time of planning a major IT change, such as going to a Cloud computing model or to a Converged Infrastructure, one should also plan for the required support level needed to achieve the expected SLAs. Why is that?
You’ve probably heard lots of reasons why you shouldn’t move your engineering work into a Cloud environment. There is one reason to do it, however, and it’s a big one – those other reasons aren’t valid anymore!
Traditional consolidation programs focus on reducing redundant infrastructure. Although this tends to be the low hanging fruit, I think you may find other consolidation value through a well-run Enterprise Architecture program that practices convergence as a standard practice.
Most people don’t enjoy planning. Everyone seems to want to get right down to “doing.” But if you want your project to be successful, make sure you start with a good plan, follow it, and maintain it!