Intelligent Data Centres Issue 3 - Page 30

EDITOR’S QUESTION needs, can live anywhere and can even move locations during the lifecycle of the workload. With digital infrastructure we’re talking about infrastructure that allows you the freedom to take on new workloads as they come, especially because it’s an infrastructure that is built with a mindset of multi-cloud and not with a specific tied up selection of discrete pieces. Best practices From the get-go, build a flexible infrastructure based on hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as the foundation for an enterprise cloud and realise that this infrastructure will need to integrate with the multiple public clouds in a seamless way. PAULO PEREIRA, DIRECTOR, SYSTEMS ENGINEERING – EMERGING MARKETS AND EASTERN EUROPE AT NUTANIX raditional infrastructure is typically collocated across a limited number of sites and integrated to some degree dependant on the components chosen. Typically, in such scenarios some decisions dictate upcoming ones and soon enough the IT staff are left to deal with a huge complex system riddled with constraints that hampers their ability to deliver anything that wasn’t thought of from the start. T The traditional data centre stacks are complex and leave IT staff with limited time to learn new approaches and innovate. Yet innovation is exactly what is needed to survive in this high-tech world. There are multiple options for public clouds, multiple technologies to be leveraged and IT staff need to have 30 Issue 03 enough space to keep up with the pace and learn how to make the best use of all that is available. A Gartner analyst David Cappucio last year declared, ‘the data centre is dead, and digital infrastructures emerge’, stating that ‘the IT they have known for decades is changing – radically’ and recommends that infrastructure and operations leaders should ‘make a plan based on business needs at the application or workload level, and not just based on the physical infrastructure’ and ‘pick partners based on their vision, capabilities and their partners’. A digital infrastructure is one that is not tied to physical hardware or a physical location but is instead functional. One where the decision or architecture of a certain workload is based on business Partner with suppliers that are interested in enabling a cloud economy and not suppliers whose survival is dependent on selling the same old technology that got data centres into the complexity they are in today. HCI is a foundation and not a destination. To build the infrastructure of tomorrow you need a new approach and new skills. Nutanix infrastructure affords IT staff the time to build these competencies. In this new era we need cloud builders, regardless of the physical location of the equipment or ownership of the physical assert (private cloud or public cloud). At Nutanix our vision is to create software that makes the data centre infrastructure invisible. It’s not a matter of public cloud or private cloud, it’s a certainty that there will be a combination of both and our aim is to offer customers choice in what infrastructure or cloud to use for each workload. This level of agility can’t be achieved with the traditional IT architecture and Gartner recognises our unique approach in their Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure with the statement ‘highly innovative and scalable architecture that is generationally advanced compared with most rivals’.