Earlier this month, Logicalis UK hosted an event in honour of IT by Wire, a new model for the design, build and operation of core infrastructure to enable IT to deliver new services at the Speed of Business.
Facilitated by the IT Innovators Club, Logicalis assembled three key industry thought leaders from Cisco, HP and VMWare to debate their views on IT by Wire and the Software Defined Data Centre, highlighting what IT departments can do to keep up with Shadow IT demands.
Clive Freeman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Director of Strategic Customer Development, along with Systems Engineer Director of VMWare Simon Townsend, and Henry Manners, European Sales Manager, DC Software at Cisco, shared their unique perspectives. The aim was to provide delegates with a snapshot of the market leaders’ vision to help businesses plan their journey to deliver IT at the Speed of Business.
Chris Gabriel, CTO at Logicalis UK kicked off proceedings with an introduction to the IT by Wire approach, outlining what customers can expect from a Service Defined Enterprise. Chris went on to explain to attendees the impact of the current era of digital convergence, and how business experience, IT platforms, operational technologies and processes are converging towards providing greater digital enablement opportunities. He also outlined what should be on the CIO agenda for 2016, as part of the IT department’s transformation to becoming an internal service provider and the shift to business-ready data centres.
Building on this, Cisco’s Henry Manners focused on unlocking the value of converged infrastructure through the vendor’s hybrid cloud approach to deliver business benefits and supporting existing and next generation applications. VMWare’s Simon Townsend then went on to outline the importance of digital transformation within Software Defined Data Centres and his vision for a new model of IT, whereby streamlined and automated data centre operations deliver a better user experience instantly, securely and with fluidity. Simon provided examples of how this data centre automation has delivered a 53% reduction in IT costs, a 54% decrease in downtime and seen return on investment more than double within six months.
Getting more granular, Logicalis’ Chief Technologist Neil Thurston gave his ‘blueprint approach’ a three-step process to achieve data centre transformation through a software-defined discovery workshop, a blueprint-based solution architecture and the overall implementation methodology. Neil highlighted that within any data centre transformation programme, planning and blueprinting will help de-risk and shorten journeys, helping to realise the benefits of an IT by Wire approach with skills and process alignment.
The day was rounded off by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) Clive Freeman who focused on delivering business value through HPE’s ‘Composable Infrastructure’, a multi-year vision that aligns perfectly with the IT by Wire model. Composable Infrastructure is all about empowering the IT department to create and deliver additional value instantly, creating an IT infrastructure to enable organisations to optimise all apps and service levels, accelerate application and delivery, reduce operational costs and increase control and productivity.
All speakers highlighted the need for digital transformation, driven by Software Defined Data Centres, which enable CIOs to deliver a new world of choice and experience, whilst retaining control. As IT continues to transform its skills and portfolio through internal, partner-led and consumption-based services, it’s certainly a challenging yet exciting time to be in the industry.