The Hub Commentary_
This is a nice synopsis of the challenges of moving to the cloud and virtualization into production. I enjoy the start of the article regarding when we lost our switchboard operators and the shift we’ve made with the telephone. Just a year ago, the east coast was hammered with 3 – 3 foot snow storms leaving me to telecommute from my home, built 30 years prior. I learned far more about the telephone than I wanted and my favorite acronym was POTS (plain old telephone system). Yes, it is true. Long story short, I went through a full upgrade to fiber, digital phone service and a full duplex digital phone to better enable my communication capabilities from the home office. There were multiple components to consider and upgrade to gain the full performance I was expecting.
What this article subtly uncovers is the usual cycle of management following new technology adoption. The short term bang for the buck with new technology is generally the removal of short term hardware and software costs with physical components and licenses. This time the challenge is further aggravated within the organization through competition with the service providers that are going directly to the business and bypassing IT knowing they can make IT as the bad guy and obstacle.
The article uncovers the flexibility cloud and virtualization bring to an environment, but also the requirement for an integration platform to make sense of the configurations and the monitoring alerts at the component level into business services as they are consumed. This is the driving force behind the business service management imperative this year that the author also notes.
Operations is holding the business back from the promise of cloud computing because operations is struggling to manage the infrastructure and have no visibility across the infrastructure to insure availability and use the cloud for the agility of improved availability. Business is demanding the intelligence and communication of service performance, not components, and are seeking to leverage the cloud strategically in their organization as a growth enabler and it is imperative that IT seek to support and make the initiative successful.
If IT continues as the obstacle, the competition is knocking on the business door to take that business. It is not a single management technology that will solve this challenge, it is the integration platform that provides the end-to-end view and enables building in intelligence to set thresholds to monitor service performance aligned to objectives. I like to call it, “the glue and a view” that will make sense of the environment that is the imperative to successful IT operations management in this coming year.
What’s your strategy for Glue and a View?
It’s been nearly 50 years since the telephone switchboard, staffed by an “operator,” was phased out as automated phone-switching technologies were introduced. In automating the process of making a call, phone companies removed a burdensome manual hindrance from what was soon to become a much more convenient and ubiquitous part of modern life. (Read Full Article…)