Symantec Government Symposium 11 March 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel Washington DC


All those factors together make the Symantec Government Symposium of 11 March 2014 one to pay attention to. The Symantec Government Symposium features 10 sessions where attendees will: Explore how agencies can develop a process for incident response prioritization and use actionable intelligence throughout the entire threat lifecycle. I also really look forward to learning everything I can about Symantec’s views and their technology roadmap.

The Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

I participated in the #DataCtrChat Twitter chat last week to join in on the conversation about the Agile Data Center. The question was: What differentiates an Agile Data Center from a traditional data center? Because each organization has a different definition for their data center, it’s difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all answer to the differences between an agile data center and a traditional data center.

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An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference. Those that don’t respond in the affirmative toward agility are most likely running a dying business or are just out of sync with their industry and their organization. While everyone most likely knows what agility means, let me take as second to define the term and set the stage for the discussion.

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Complexity – The Killer of Agility?

Eric D. Brown

In fact, in “The Data Center of Tomorrow” I wrote that the: “data center will be a combination of internal and external systems that combine to create an agile, efficient and effective technology delivery platform.”. Either way, complexity has the potential to be an agility killer if it isn’t managed or planned for correctly. Without proper thinking and planning, this complexity can have a negative effect on agility within the data center.

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Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

Eric D. Brown

I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. While reading a white paper titled “ Agile IT Empowers Business Success ”, I ran across an intriguing sentence: “ If the business can’t adapt, it may not survive.“ In order to drive this adaptability, organization’s require both an agile business and an agile IT group , which is something I wrote a bit about last week. Information Technology The New CIO Agility CIO IT

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Building an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

Similarly, the cloud has given organizations access to an almost limitless amount of processing and storage power with low costs, relatively high reliability and a great deal of agility. These companies have transformed (or are working to transform) their data centers from a monolithic, underutilized liability to an agile and valuable asset, but they’ve often failed to push agility as a core concept for IT professionals working within their IT groups.

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Building the Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

When I speak with clients about the software defined data center, the one benefit that the majority of people tend to really latch onto is the ability of SDDC to bring agility to the data center. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post titled The Agile Data Center that touches on the subject of the agility in the data center. In that post, I wrote: “Agility doesn’t necessarily mean new systems nor does it mean moving your data center to the cloud.

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Disaster Recovery and the Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

If there was one time that a data center and an IT group absolutely need to be agile, it would be the time immediately after a disaster strikes. To do this, the key driving factor for IT and disaster recovery must be agility. While the cloud isn’t the answer to every disaster recovery problem, it is an answer to those organizations looking to enable or expand agility within their data center, IT group and disaster recovery plans.

The Right Services in the Right Way

Eric D. Brown

I’ve written a bit about the agile data center lately. I’ve previously defined the agile data center as something that “allows organizations to efficiently and effectively add, remove and change services at the speed of the business, not the speed of technology.”. Agility does allow organizations to ‘add, remove and changes services’ quickly and easily. During Jeff and Drew’s talk, they used a slide (shown below) to help define the agile data center perfectly.

The Data Center of Tomorrow

Eric D. Brown

This new type of data center goes by many names but I tend to use the term “ agile data center ” to describe the new data center. The agile data center helps organizations deliver the right services in the right way (to the right people) but it also helps these companies contain costs while growing the capabilities available within the data center. The data center of tomorrow will be an agile data center. Data Center The New CIO Agile Data center

Everything As A Service

Eric D. Brown

Additionally, the XaaS model allows organizations to build agility into everything they do. From start to finish, everything the IT group does can be agile focused and every project undertaken within the IT group and within the data center can have agility baked into the core of the project. IT as a service is agility personified. I’ve written a bit about the agile data center over the last few months.

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The Sidelined CIO

Eric D. Brown

My instinct tells me that many of those 30 percent of CIO’s are struggling today because they haven’t taken the step forward to drive innovation within the organization, embrace new systems and help their organization’s drive new technology adoption to allow for flexible and agile service delivery for internal and external clients. Working on making the data center more agile, efficient and optimized can help make the CIO and IT group more of a leader in the eyes of the organization.