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The Rise of the Hybrid Datacenter

Contributed Article by Vic Nyman, COO of BlueStripe Software

2015 is the year of "The Hybrid Datacenter." This year we are already seeing the widespread use of hybrid cloud architectures among medium and large scale businesses.  For these organizations, cloud computing offers flexibility, cost savings and fast deployment times, while on-premise systems provide reliability, security and stability. IT organizations are seeking to capture the best of both options. The result is the move to the Hybrid Datacenter.

What does the Hybrid Datacenter look like? Typically it means a mix of many different technologies. A single organization can easily employ:

  • On-premise physical and virtual servers
  • Multiple operating systems - including multiple flavors of Linux and Windows
  • Multiple types of databases - including Oracle, SQL Server, and open source
  • Docker and other types of containers
  • Distributed application code written in Java and .Net
  • SOA Applications using 3rd Party Web Services
  • Web servers, application servers and storage hosted by different public cloud providers

The Hybrid Datacenter will often include physical, virtual, and cloud-based servers running different operating systems and virtualization platforms, applications written in different languages, different types of databases and 3rd party services.

In addition, the Hybrid Datacenter promises to make the rapid deployment and scaling of distributed applications both possible and affordable. Indeed, for developers, the Hybrid Datacenter offers greater flexibility than ever before. However, to make it work, IT Operations teams need a comprehensive view of application performance in order to manage service delivery. Specifically, they need:

  • Automatic application discovery and updates
  • Visibility across operating systems
  • Visibility across platforms
  • Real-time response time measurements for both the overall application and for each application component
  • Real-time reporting to key stakeholders, including executives, operations teams, application owners, and dev/QA teams

Although the Hybrid Datacenter offers resolutions to many traditionally problems, without solutions with the capabilities outlined above, organizations will continue to struggle with managing critical applications.

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About the Author

Vic Nyman, COO, co-founder, BlueStripe Software.  Mr. Nyman is a successful veteran of multiple ventures in the systems and application management field. Before founding BlueStripe, Mr. Nyman served as Chairman and CEO of Relicore in the ITSM Discovery and Configuration management market. He has also held positions with Wily Technology and IBM. Mr. Nyman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Published Wednesday, April 08, 2015 6:32 AM by David Marshall
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