Continuous IT optimization evolves purposeful business modernization at Red Hat Summit

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“Your company has to change and adapt or it will go out of business”. So reads the abstract for the session by Christian Posta on SOA to microservices—continuous modernization with microservices and containers .  Fact is there are many “good-old” logos that have been impacted by change.  Remember Blockbuster? Kodak? Borders? As Charlie Feld asserted during his keynote about the enterprises of today at the Evanta CIO Summit in Chicago last year, “If you don’t like change, you will hate extinction!”.  Posta’s session at the Red Hat summit is particularly interesting because it highlights the continuous evolution of legacy architectures while purposefully modernizing the business to leverage state-of-the-art technological and architectural paradigms. “Just uber-jar everything” is a gross misnomer when evolving from SOA to the reality of microservices.  No matter where you are on your enterprise transformation journey, please join me in this tour of the sessions on the Modernization and IT optimization track.

Enterprises looking to modernize must first ensure that the IT environment can accommodate the legacy and modernized architectures.  Having a management solution that gives direct, seamless visibility into the processes, applications and technologies in place is a good first step. This paves the way for moving the pieces around with proper context within the IT landscape.  The ability for traditional and modernized solutions to co-exist is key to enabling the seamless evolution to the future state. At the same time, the environment must be continuously optimized for performance while injecting healthy doses of automation and innovation.  Thus, the sessions on this track can be broadly categorized as outlined below.

Co-existence.  

Optimization.

  • Optimization is not just about the current suite of technologies and solutions.  Optimization must be addressed proactively anticipating future changes.  In Using predictive analytics to manage infrastructure risk session, you’ll learn how Red Hat Insights uses data from thousands of enterprise deployments in an empirical process to help detect and resolve threats before they become problems.
  • Storage. Increasingly sophisticated needs for compute and data storage are emerging across the business’s operational landscape.  Hyperconverged solutions is no longer just a nice-to-have.  This session highlights efficiency in gear acquisition, system deployment, ops, and IT resource management.

Roadmap. The IT environment must always look ahead to the next generation of tools as well as upcoming features in existing tools.  The sessions on Virtualization, Satellite and Storage (Gluster and Ceph) provide insight into the roadmap of the solutions concerned:

There you have it.  Enterprises can and should modernize — but they should do so by being cognizant of what is already in place and the manner in which they could slowly but steadily evolve to the future state.  It is quite possible some components are left as they are and eventually retired from the IT Landscape.

Modernization is not an overnight transformation — you don’t want a red-eye experience for sure! Instead, modernization is the art of continuous transformation effectively enabled by sustained IT optimization — something the internal and customer always cares a lot about!

Which is why Posta posits: “Just uber-jar everything” is a misnomer !

What do you posit?

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