What is the right storage software needed for DevOps to be a success?
Source – information-age.com
A major operational problem in on-premises enterprise data centres has emerged over the past 10 years. This is rearing its head as a fundamental mismatch between the infrastructure and the needs of increasingly virtualised applications.
There is a major contrast between what organisations want their staff to focus on – strategic projects, new application deployment, new customer acquisition and releasing new products – and the things they end up spending too much time on. This includes infrastructure ‘plumbing’ and reconfiguring, re-architecting or redeploying across all stacks.
The widespread adoption of virtualisation has introduced increasing complexities to IT infrastructure. However, it is spurring businesses to accelerate development efforts and deliver applications and services through a DevOps model.
The arrival of cloud infrastructure and cloud-native workloads has made addressing the mismatch an even more pressing issue. As they seek to overcome the shortcomings of out-dated traditional infrastructures, organisations are starting to adopt a cloud strategy that includes the public cloud and, in many cases, their own private cloud built from all-flash storage and intelligent software.This move to a hybrid cloud platform, a mix of public and private cloud, seeks to blend the benefits of public cloud for workloads that need agility and scale, while retaining control of workloads and data that would be better served on-premises because they are too valuable to entrust to other providers.An effective storage platform should combine the performance, control and management of internal data centres with the agility and scale of public cloud. This provides organisations with the ability to build and run agile environments for cloud-native and mission critical applications in their own data centres.The attraction is that it helps to solve the fundamental mismatch between infrastructure and virtual applications and aids in an organisation’s preparation to adopt DevOps practices, which cannot be fully supported by traditional infrastructure. Businesses are increasingly attracted to the DevOps model as a means to accelerate development efforts and deliver new applications and services.