The evolution of the datacentre

Working in a datacenterChange is nothing new in IT. First there were main frames, then personal computers and client server computing. Servers then got virtualized and then came cloud computing. Through these changes, software has been centralized, decentralized and now distributed. Consumption of IT services has moved from centralized, to shared and now it’s all about self-service. Change is nothing new. Neither is it always easy.

There are 3 things IT managers and decision makers need to consider when thinking about big trends changing datacenters:

  1. How can I use this to drive my business through higher productivity, lower costs, or a better competitive edge?
  2. What are the low hanging fruit, so to speak, in my IT infrastructure that I can change to quickly capitalize on this trend without trying to boil the whole ocean?
  3. What do I need to add to my datacenter to move it to a place where I can best take advantage of this new advance?

So here’s the hook – do you want to know more about the benefits of cloud computing, both on premise and hosted, whether private, public or a mix of both, so you can better assess what the right move is for you? Are you interested in moving your datacenter to a cloud model, using automation, resource pooling, on-demand self-service, and metered usage to provide IT services? Then come and join myself or one of my colleagues as we deliver sessions in major cities across Canada on Transforming the Datacenter.

The focus of these sessions is Windows Server, Microsoft System Center and Windows Azure, but we’ll start by talking about trends in general, what the trade-off is on control versus risk as you move applications from on premise (total control and more risk) to consuming them as a service (less control but less risk) and we’ll discuss who the market leaders are according to independent research groups and how Microsoft’s solutions stack up.

We’ll take a look at what the Microsoft cloud OS is (and is not) and then look as a number of examples of how Windows Server and System Center can be used in a typical IT datacenter. We’ll take a look at foundational infrastructure examples (like building infrastructure resiliency), infrastructure management examples (like adding capacity before getting that help desk call), application management examples (like setting up bursting to handle application usage spikes) and insight examples (so that application managers and systems administrators can work together on problems because there is transparency across infrastructure and applications).

We’ll be adding new cities and dates as they get scheduled so bookmark this page. If you are interested in a session and don’t see one scheduled near you, let me know and I’ll see what I can do!

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