The Fundamentals of Change in Computing Architectures and Infrastructure
The fundamental design principles of infrastructure and compute solutions have remained the same for decades. Other than an increase in performance per unit (square feet, CPU, etc.). A confluence of factors is driving a “re-think” on how digital infrastructure and computers must be designed for the first time. These are:
- Hybrid and cloud native environments
- The complete and seamless integration of compute/storage/network resources in a single fabric that is software defined and automated
- New generation of workloads that use software tools and technology. They require unique infrastructure and compute capabilities.
- The shift from traditional operations to intelligent, automatable infrastructure and the emergence infrastructure as code
This is the first significant change in infrastructure strategies and solutions for more than a decade. Organisations need products that can be redesigned from scratch to address these issues and provide value for the future. Modifying “what we’ve always done” is not a recipe for success.
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How to identify Next-Generation Designs that Empower the Future
These trends are clear. The next question is how to identify infrastructure that reflects these new strategic imperatives. While legacy infrastructure solutions have been improved, they are not the “netnew” solutions organisations need to continue moving forward.
Modern infrastructure must be built for the cloud. Two key criteria are used to identify cloud-ready infrastructure. It must be completely managed from the cloud and not linked between different on-premises resources or cloud resources. Native cloud management is a requirement. The second requirement is full workload mobility and ubiquitousness that doesn’t require modifications or modifications to the apps or how they run. To meet the current and future business demands, fluidity in the hybrid cloud is essential.
Next, automation is the key design element. The first step is to automate operations that are less time-consuming and require less resources from the operations staff. Automated operations not only make processes easier, but also provide greater consistency, stability, and efficiency. Automated standards can be improved and refined as they are implemented. This will reduce costs, speed up and provide greater support agility. Automation must be integrated to solve problems and eliminate disruptions.
The third and most challenging change for infrastructure vendors is the ability to deliver real flexibility. IT must search for new fabrics to connect modular resources more easily, which will allow IT to adapt better to changing workloads. This is especially important for storage. High-performance unified fabrics simplify data movement, management and optimization of storage traffic.
Build Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure in the Next Decade
Hybrid environments give organisations an advantage by offering a wider range of applications on a larger scale. This report will provide information about the future of modern infrastructure, operational efficiency, and the 3 rd Xeon(r), Xeon (r) Scalable Processor.
Cisco UCS X-Series Modular Systems Meets the Challenges in the Changing Compute Landscape
Intersight and Cisco UCS X-Series are modular infrastructure solutions that can be fully managed in the cloud. It is flexible and agile enough to support modern workloads and apps. The new design is more efficient, flexible and highly scalable. It is a modular, future-ready design that can deliver both now and in future.
Cisco UCS X-Series’ key features include:
- 3 rd Generation Intel(r), Xeon (r) Scalable Processors to provide the required performance for a wide variety of workloads. This ensures that both IT and user requirements are met.
- UCS X-Fabric Technology connects all internal nodes (storage and compute, GPU, etc.). It can be used seamlessly across different infrastructures, allowing for greater flexibility and a more efficient use of resources.
- Cloud management in full that allows IT to deploy infrastructure from anywhere on the Internet.
- Intersight provides comprehensive and automated management functionality. This modular set of services includes all the functionality that modern infrastructure requires. This solution provides comprehensive management for today’s hybrid cloud environment.
- UCS X Fabric technology fabric and Intersight make it possible to have high levels of component flexibility. IT teams will have many options for choosing the best infrastructure to support various workloads.
The Key Takeaways
The infrastructure and computer landscapes have been changing fundamentally and rapidly over the past decades, despite relative clarity and consistency in future direction. This new reality demands that infrastructure solutions are created for the new realities. These challenges cannot be met by “dressed up” legacy products. Cisco UCS X-Series is what IT departments and organisations will need now and in the future. More information about the Cisco UCSX-Series Modular Systems