Virtual Lego

Here are some bricks you actually want to step on. Virtualization is the key ingredient for rendering the IT infrastructure invisible and benefiting from cloud-based building blocks. It reduces costs and deals with the mounting complexity of divergent technology. What’s more, with infrastructure rapidly composed from Lego-style building blocks, businesses can become more agile, more responsive, and scale-up faster. A complete, software-defined infrastructure stack can be deployed in minutes. With “micro services” running in independently deployable containers, it’s no child’s play: it’s a powerful enabler to running a business with similar qualities.

What

  • Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) is an infrastructure system with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, and networks in commodity hardware
  • The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) build on this, virtualizing the components and delivering them “as a service,” decoupled from specific technology choices
  • With compute, storage, network, and software packaged in autonomous, independent software containers that run micro services, IT infrastructure becomes an ultra-flexible, highly scalable commodity

 

Use

  • Netflix, perhaps one of the best advocates of the Virtual Lego approach, rapidly deploys services across multiple AWS accounts and regions over 4,000 times a day. They build and evolve a pervasive, global service that balances service availability, latency, data replication, compute capacity, and efficiency all with standard building blocks.
  • Using software containers, a UK news agency reduced its continuous integration of job time by 60%, while also allowing multiple jobs to run at the same time. This significantly improved speed-to-market and reduced the number of errors committed due to inter-dependencies.

 

Impact

  • Reduction of infrastructure costs and complexity, cutting down on technology options and integration issues.
  • Infrastructure meeting directly with business, together building a floor-to-ceiling capability; combining compute, network, storage, and software to create real business outcomes in minutes rather than weeks or months.
  • Technology diversity and loose coupling of components, all while taking a very elastic approach towards resiliency and scalability.

 

Tech

Associated experts

  • Ajith NC
    Infrastructure Transformation DevOps DC and Cloud Innovation, India