Red Hat Forum 2012: IT needs to evolve

Red Hat Forum 2012: IT needs to evolve

Addresses the need for businesses to build an open hybrid Cloud

IT needs to evolve to accommodate the challenges of datacentres and other technologies associated with it, such as the Cloud, according to industry experts.

A panel of specialists recently spoke at the Red Hat Forum 2012, where they addressed the need for businesses to build an open hybrid Cloud.

Red Hat A/NZ managing director, Max McLaren, said that as the trend in the industry is shifting from physical assets to better operating and managing information assets, it becomes all about componentisation and standardisation.

“This is why we are evolving into the ability to innovate and leverage Cloud computing. We believe that this will be the basis for innovation in this information world that we’re entering in,” he said.

McLaren also mentioned that he is seeing the emergence of a new set of IT companies, not vendors, that are taking the innovations and initiating new ways of leveraging the information.

“They will drive the roadmap of the IT industry. There is obviously a fundamental shift in computer architectures and business models. To be truly open, architectures need to be hybrid models,” he claimed.

Red Hat senior direct sales account manager, Warren Schilpzand, said 90 per cent of the world’s data was created in the past two years.

He said commoditisation in the Cloud is cost based and utility based, and businesses should prepare themselves on how to do the same thing within the apps and software space.

Intel Australia enterprise technical specialist, Peter Kerney, claimed that in adopting the Cloud, the company has introduced the Cloud 2015 vision strategy.

It expects three billion people connected to the Internet, two times growth in data growth, 15 billion connected devices, 11 times increase in mobile data traffic, as well as a two times growth in additional datacentre costs.

“Cloud and everything that connects to the Cloud must all talk together and it must be automated and also client aware. You must be able to tailor the experience that is coming from your Cloud services for them,” Kerney said.

According to Red Hat platform infrastructure and enterprise architecture group service manager, Colin McCabe, a recent IDC study found that there are 3.4 quintillion bytes worth of data created every day.

The challenge of it was that businesses had to shift container loads of servers on a daily basis into datacentres, bringing about the need for Big Data and the Cloud.

“It’s not just the operating system or the hardware. It is around the design and methodologies as well. There is nothing stopping you except for your own inability to move your IT,” he said.

Red Hat platform solution architect, Jeff Watts, said that the Cloud technology removes the distraction and allows IT to focus on the outcomes, which open source plays a pivotal role in.

“The technologies that support your business outcomes are totally agnostic to the underlying hardware,” he said.

Watts also outlined the current Cloud challenges in storage, which include: storage silos, scaling out, unpredictable costs and scale-up storage.

“Cloud and virtualisation is driving the scale-out of data. There needs to be elasticity in your underlying storage – it is very difficult and costly to increase your proprietary storage units,” he added.

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