BlogEnabling an Agile and Cost-Optimized Compute Infrastructure

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One of ASG’s concentrations is designing and building agile computing infrastructures. At ASG, an agile infrastructure is one that allows organizations to efficiently add, remove and change business computing services. They must be reliable, software-driven, secure, and easy to integrate to the cloud.

Specifically, an agile compute design comprises scalable compute components, hybrid flash-optimized storage, software defined networking for cloud mobility, integrated cyber security with built-in threat protection and a business focused cost model for migrating between on- and off-premise computing.

By designing your computer infrastructure using scalable components into a single system, it delivers simplicity and flexibility. This gives you the ability to scale into your compute needs by starting small and then adding more compute, storage and network resources as they are needed. This doesn’t always mean using HCI (hyper-converged infrastructure) solutions, but rather using the most optimal compute components for your application environment.

A hybrid flash-optimized storage infrastructure means having a solution that incorporates enterprise flash and some sort of tiered storage, whether that’s object storage or off-premise cloud capacity. A flash optimized design incorporates advanced storage efficiencies such as adaptive data reduction that not only reduces data center space, but also data center energy requirements.

Cloud mobility has become the new norm for agile computing, and software-defined networking greatly simplifies and automates data traffic over a virtual overlay that is transport-agnostic to the underlying private or public network connections.

Tweet: Enabling an Agile and Cost-Optimized Compute Infrastructure #datacenter #agileIT #SDNA compute infrastructure that doesn’t have integrated security is not agile. It is critical that an agile compute solution incorporate comprehensive cyber-intelligence across the environment. The IT threat landscape is constantly evolving, and it is necessary to have centralized security controls to protect against Gen V cyber-attacks including protecting against zero-day malware and ransomware.

One of the enablers for an agile compute solution is the ability to use similar underlying file services in the public cloud environment as with on-premise. You can either use an overlay file storage service, a native file storage service or a partner-delivered native file storage service. At ASG, we help design the best data management and file system services to accomplish seamless migrations from on-prem to public and private cloud environments.

Finally, an agile compute solution must be cost-optimized, not only for on-prem but more importantly for off-premise. With the complex nature of cloud usage and billing, it is essential to understand how to improve the usage of both public and private cloud resources in order to reduce your risk, optimize your costs and improve your business service reliability and performance.

Whether your environment is in the cloud or on-premise or a combination of both, ASG understands the importance of leveraging today’s modern infrastructure technology to enable an agile and cost-optimized compute infrastructure.

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About the Author

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies. He is a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.