There’s little doubt the Internet of Things (IoT) will transform how we interact with others— from how we monitor and receive healthcare, to how we transact business, and even to how we connect with family and friends. It’s really the dawn of a new frontier when it comes to IoT, but like all things that evolve—there’s both promise and peril in the chaos of it.
Planning for the future means endless possibilities. Where should our data be stored? How do today’s infrastructure decisions impact our end-state goal? Where are our workloads going to be run? What are our future capacity needs? As an IT professional these questions are constantly at the forefront of your mind. According to research firm IDC, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is leading the fastest growing segment of storage solutions, making it the hot topic in every discussion.
Today’s IT executives have been keeping a watchful eye on the improvements in HCI since it has been around for several years but has only recently seen rapid adoption. New generations of HCI solutions provide faster deployment, lower cost of operations, and increased ROI—making the modern enterprise more flexible and agile. As businesses of all sizes see the benefits of adopting HCI, the adoption rates continue to compound.
We’ve all heard that cloud computing is coming and taking over but when will it finally happen? It’s here! But what does this mean to enterprise IT? Companies can now pursue numerous infrastructure possibilities with the confidence that they can support their business and deliver significant benefits.
Why Move to Hybrid Cloud?
In Clearpath’s experience, moving workloads to a hybrid cloud model using VMware’s Cloud Management Platform delivers high levels of agility, efficiency, and control across traditional and cloud native applications. Public cloud availability gives access to on-demand and temporary resource needs without high-cost, on-premise investments. At the same time, data stored in the enterprise’s private cloud environment can be accessed with less frequency or with the greatest speed.
Many experts agree that 2018 is the breakthrough year for cloud computing. Adopting any form of hybrid cloud gives customers the best of both private and public clouds - 96% of enterprises have adopted some form of the cloud while 81% have embraced hybrid cloud¹.
The software-defined networking revolution is underway, and while many enterprise IT departments are considering SD-WAN and SD-Access to help solve their networking bandwidth and provisioning issues, the same evolution is going at communications and Internet service providers too. This is great for both the service provider and their customers because a software-defined networking approach allows for better, faster, and more consistent delivery of communications services for everyone. It really is a win-win situation.
CSPs, ISPs, and cable operators run notoriously hardware-based businesses though, so software-defined may be undiscovered territory for many. That’s not surprising because they own and operate the physical “pipes” and services of communications—whether that be telecommunications, cable, or Internet. Many service provider networks are cable-based and cable networks are undergoing major transformations: migrating from analog to digital systems, adding capacity and scale, and deploying new and improved services to meet the increasing needs of their customers.
If anything is true in IT, it’s constant change. Every few years—a new evolution happens. While there are always incremental improvements in technologies such as chip designs, network speeds, and storage technologies, sometimes these small changes synergistically align on multiple fronts into something that’s new and exciting.
Intent-based networking is such a combination. It’s a new way to conceptualize and interact with the network that may fundamentally alter the foundation of networking in your organization. But what is “intent-based networking”? And how does it differ from the day-in, day-out networking that’s been running your enterprise for years?
According to the analyst firm ESG, “The concept of intent-based networking is that the network team could simply describe, in plain language, what they wanted to accomplish (the intent) and the network would be able to translate the intent into the numerous policies that would establish the appropriate configuration and settings changes across a complex and heterogeneous environment leveraging automation.”¹
It’s getting harder to define the boundaries of your enterprise nowadays. It used to be as simple as “inside and outside” the network and the firewall—but the distributed nature of today’s IT is rapidly changing the edge of your network. Your wide area network (WAN) needs to be able to easily expand and adapt to encompass not only branch offices—but also the resources and applications that are moving to the cloud. Can your network easily handle that? The sad answer is most can’t – because many networks have remained tied to the physical metaphor of perimeters, walls, and equipment. You need to be thinking about the edges and expansion of your WAN—not necessarily the physicality of it.
Don’t misunderstand, there’s no denying the physicality of the network. After all, it’s put together with cables, wireless routers, and other networking equipment inside your buildings. The fact is, the demand for increased bandwidth, optimized connectivity for the cloud, and improved security postures to tackle next generation threats can be difficult to meet with traditional WAN architectures. Add to this, the increasing use of cloud-based applications and the emergence of the Internet of Things, and your WAN may be inadequate for the future. Even now, existing wide area networks across businesses and organizations of all sizes and across all industries are struggling to cope.
Clearpath Solutions Group announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Clearpath to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995.
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Ask any corporate worker or the IT employee charged with managing their technology usage and you will hear about the multitude of applications used daily. Whether at their office or on the go with their phone, new work trends require IT teams to navigate a nuanced world, affected by the rise of data breaches and hiring of remote workers.
One area of re-emergence is the interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. Defined as virtualization solutions which host a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center, VDI solutions simulate operating systems from a host of devices including traditional PCs or mobile phones and tablets. VDI exists in persistent and non-persistent states, which respectively saves and discards sessions after each session, offering a differing level of personalization and protection against security breaches.
Let’s face it, the world of security has been very preoccupied. Between hardening the networks, and wresting to gain control over the exponential growth of mobile and remote access, security engineers have been busy. The boundaries of IT’s realm have blurred, making security around both these areas an ongoing challenge as hackers continue to innovate against your dynamic, distributed infrastructure landscape.
Enterprise mobile management (EMM) and the latest endpoint security technologies have enabled new levels of user flexibility while minimizing risk. And network virtualization solutions allow for unprecedented capabilities to detect and isolate problems behind the firewall.
But in a world where everything we do in IT, and in business, is driven by apps, it makes sense to adopt an app-centric approach to security.
Virtual Desktops are a Challenging Workload
Performance is one of the most important aspects of a successful VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) solution; any poorly performing virtualized experience means an immediate dip in an organization’s productivity, not to mention a reluctance by end users to embrace it. Storage is, arguably, one of the most important ingredients that affects VDI performance.
Virtual desktops run against shared hardware (like storage), so times of heavy use can be very taxing on that hardware. Phenomena like “boot storms”, created when a lot of users boot up in a short window, can overwhelm your infrastructure and degrade the overall service. “Login storms” can have a similar impact, as can malware scans and other I/O intensive activity. Managing the growth of VDI adoption can also be difficult if your infrastructure is too rigid to scale quickly or cost-effectively.