Agile Infrastructures

    

In the traditional model of delivering an IT solution there is an extended phase of analysis and design, which leads through to build and hand-over stages; there are various formalised methodologies for this – in general all rely on having good upfront requirements to deliver a successful project against -  and in infrastructure terms this means you need to know exactly what is going to be built (typically a software product) before you can design and implement the required infrastructure to support it.

This has always been a point of contention between customers, development teams and infrastructure teams because it’s hard to produce meaningful sizing data without a lot of up-front work and prototyping. 

With the growing popularity of Agile-type methodologies  for software projects,  Infrastructure teams are facing a much harder time; they struggle to keep up with the rate of change because of the physical and operational constraints they work within.

A dynamic infrastructure is the key; It has to response quickly to changes, as well respecting high level of requirements in terms of performance, security and availability.

Tactics :

    1. Standardize the Data Center : Standardize technologies, processes, policies and interfaces to reduce the complexity. If less complex, then easier to manage, then quicker to implement changes.
    2. Increase Consolidation (on physical and virtual hardware)
    3. Intensify  automation and industrialization.

       

      The ability to consolidate  workloads from multiple smaller servers to fewer larger ones is made possible by hypervisor software. The key to the consolidation phase is helping client avoid vendor lock in by being hypervisor neutral (KVM,Xen,VMware)

      As a rule of Thumb, Agilene will perform quantitative analysis; the metrics and analysis performed will bring important benefits to your IT department, including:

      • Identify and repurpose underutilized hardware
      • Reduce or eliminate over-provisioning
      • Reduce IT operational expenditures
      • Improve the accuracy of IT budgets
      • Leverage future technologies to gain flexibility

      Cost Analysis

      The lists that follow include items that a systems manager typically
      has to consider. Agilene can assist you in retrieving the right values.

      IT metrics

      Agilene has the experience and the necessary tools to effectively perform both simple (benchmarking, trending) or more complex analysis (modeling and simulations).

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      DMAIC Model

      To improve continuously the processes, Agilene bases  its methodology on Six Sigma, more precisely on DMAIC.

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