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Changing Deployment within the Enterprise
Dedicated room sized systems and cloud-based computer systems for video conferencing seem to be co-existing nicely. Rafi Anuar, Product Manager at LifeSize, a Division of Logitech, discusses some of the options that an enterprise IT planner can take to take advantage of the low cost of operation of a cloud-based video conferencing system .
Cloud solutions have not only reduced the barrier to entry, removing a large up-front capital commitment, allowing customers of many types to try professional, but also permit self-service provisioning and operation, reducing the admin and service people expense of traditional systems.
However, unrealistic expectations for cloud systems may exist among executive audiences who have become accustomed to full feature dedicated systems. Dedicated systems are feature rich and customizable - where cloud systems are often fixed in capability. This may create issues in integration with existing systems and difficulty in providing the feature set that executives may consider to be "normal".
Cloud systems are able to provide high levels of availability due to dispersed deployment and reduncency and a highly skilled technical workforce dedicated to insuring high levels of videoconferencing system availability and performance. In contrast, on-premise systems are often supported by IT specialists that have other responsibilities and skill focus.
Resources at http://Lifesize.com will help Enterprise IT architects evaluate their specific needs and determine how Cloud Computing can be used to optimize video conferencing in their organization and acheive business results.
In this SDRNews interview, Langton Blue Ltd Founder Chris Evans expands on his recent article in Computerweekly on the topic of types of storage architectures that are able to respond to the massive volume of data expected in IT environments over the next few years. He sees Scale-Out storage, where the storage infrastructure is loosely-coupled and expanded by adding nodes ,as the long term winner.
The introduction of storage area networks, iSCSI and Fibre Channel removed many of the physical barriers for storage and server connection, but issues such as multiple workloads on a storage asset, maintenance and upgrade complications increase with storage capacity.
Chris predicts that over the next five years that the Scale-Out technology will clearly gain traction on the replacement plans of most enterprise architects. He offers some predictions concerning specific companies that appear to be well positioned to help those plans.
Chris M. Evans is an independent consultant with Langton Blue, a London-based consultancy. He has worked in the IT industry since the late 1980s, after receiving a BSc (Hons) in computational science and mathematics from the University of Leeds. For most of the last 20 years, Chris has worked as an independent consultant, focusing on open systems storage and more recently virtualisation and cloud. In addition to his consultancy work, Chris blogs at architecting.it and produces articles for online publications. You can contact him on twitter @chrismevans or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional grade video conferencing is experiencing a transition from dedicated infrastructure to virtualized central systems, but still has a significant hardware component on the end points of the system. Web conferencing systems often rely extensively on cloud computing, but many clients put up virtualized clients of their own on run on Amazon or Rackspace or on applicances within their own infrastructure.
Because of virtualization, it has become much more economical to selectively deploy dedicated end points. The LifeSize customers that are most successful are those that employ room based systems with the highest quality into their workflow, then expanding into desktops and laptops or mobile as augmentation to the room top system. Then desktop solutions become a replacement for a room based meeting, not a replacement for in in person meeting.
The majority of meetings still take place room to room, with experience that allows the technology to disappear into the background.
The next session of this series will address specifics of the cloud implmentations and reference architectures for a variety of enterprise deployment types.
AVOA's CIO Strategic Advisor Tim Crawford @tcrawford discusses some of the implications of the multi-Petabyte informational load most organizations will have to manage in the coming years, and offers several thoughts on estimating the maturity of CIO capacity to meet the challenge.
The Internet of Things (IoT) data is only a portion of the flow of data, much of it personal in nature that has regulatory and privacy implications. Most of the data will have a value half life with value that may deteriorate over time. This will force processes that determine what data to keep and what data to remove - with consequences for those decisions that may have implications for the organization spanning many years.
The interview is available at SDRNews.com, YouTube/SDRNewsTV, and Facebook.com/SDRNews .
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