360 is Performance, Security and Virtualization

Virtualization & Cloud

Introduction

Modern hardware and software infrastructure offers unprecidented capabilities and performance. To fully harness it's power you must be prepared to transform the way you deploy and manage Information Technology in your organisation.

Technology Has Changed.

Over the last 10 years at least a dozen new hardware technologies and major software components have made their way into commercial products and services or become thriving open source community projects. Each delivers better performance, scalability, capacity, or flexibility than was previously possible. Virtualization has matured and is easily adopted. New methods of orchestrating and managing large estates are commonplace. Application-specific silicon is within reach for a wide range of system builders and end users.

Infrastructure Has Changed.

How Infrastructure Has Changed

  • SSDs provide instant access to data. They deliver tens of thousands of I/O operations per second. Spinning disks are capable of less than 200.
  • GPU Computing packs thousands of stream processing cores on a PCI card in less than 250 watts of power at a cost of £1 per core.
  • 6TB Hard Drives are shipping. 20TB drives will ship by 2020. Disk storage is under £25 per TB and falling.
  • A 32GB stick of RAM holds more data than the largest commodity server of 10 years ago. A single server now provides over 1TB of RAM and runs hundreds of VMs.
  • Storage systems provide simultaneous and transparent encryption, replication, de-duplication, and compression, and prevent silent corruption losing your data at rest.
  • Single cable network speeds of up-to 56Gb/s are easily attainable.
  • Whitebox Ethernet and Network Operating Systems (NOS) are replacing traditional switches at a fraction of their capital and maintenance cost.
  • Torus and Fat Tree network topologies are replacing the traditional Ethernet Bus in parts of the data centre.
  • Most large projects are now a mixture of Open Source, Cloud, and traditional licensed enterprise software.
  • Automation software allows one engineer to provision, patch, upgrade, and manage hundreds or thousands of workloads in the corporate data centre, the cloud, or across both domains.

Our Services

360is provides the full spectrum of professional data centre services from initial concept development, architecture and design of systems and networks, through to practical implementation, automation, load testing and review. We have also undertaken mission critical software development projects around automation and orchestration. If given design authority we are able to ensure that your infrastructure is guaranteed fit for purpose, or we can improve the capability of an already-deployed system in production. Our vendor-neutral position enables us to make the most appropriate technology or supplier choices for your project. You may have already invested tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds in a project but are disappointed with the results. We can rescue the best possible return from that sunk investment.

  • Data Centre Architecture & Design
  • Platform Evaluation & Selection
  • Business Continuity System Design
  • Installation & Lifecycle Engineering
  • High Density, High Performance Virtualisation
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • DevOps & Automation

The Benefits

New deployment practices and infrastructure technologies are not abstract improvements, they bring tangible benefits. Those adopting them early can obtain a competitive edge. Once the purpose of IT was merely to count; invoices, payroll, stock levels. IT was just another cost to be minimised. Today IT is at the very heart of so many endeavours. Products are designed, tested, prototyped, and marketed inside computers. The creative processes in media and publishing depends upon IT. Our energy is located, modelled, and its extraction simulated using IT. The efficient scheduling and pricing of postal deliveries, flights, and shipping depends upon combinatorics (maths problems solved by IT). The next drug you are prescribed may very well have been discovered, simulated, and tested in a computer before it was recommended for clinical trials. IT is no longer just a cost. Those organisations that fail to grasp this fact will fail to prosper from it.

IT Has Changed.

How IT Has Changed

Modern IT conveys many benefits, it allows you to;

  • Provision systems faster, in seconds not hours or days
  • Cope with sudden unprecedented growth, pop-up projects, or collapsible programs
  • Give scientists, engineers, and analysts tools they need in order to be productive
  • Operate 24-7-365 without disruption from faults, failures or upgrades
  • Answer the questions business puts to IT instantly
  • Extract quantifiable value from your organisations data. Data is the new oil
  • Embrace growth in data without growth in expenditure to store, manage, and secure it

The new generation of productive employees are not mentally or physically tied to desktops. They think of communications as synchronous and immediate. Instant Messaging not Email. Collaboration not top down. Mesh not hierarchy. Keep everything, delete nothing. Search don't file. Let technology take the strain. Can your IT platform meet their expectations? Can your IT team?

IT Users Have Changed.

Is your IT department familiar with today's hardware and software infrastructure or are they still building things they way they did 10 years ago? Do you ever wonder why you hear or read about new technologies and methods but never see any in your own organisation? It's likely that the reason for this is not lack of investment, but lack of skills. Implementation of these new methods and technologies can be a daunting prospect for staff who only know legacy Microsoft enterprise computing. IT skill is no-longer about understanding products (actually it never was). IT skill is about understanding problems and the application of Information Technology to them.

IT Skills Have Changed.

IT Skills Have Changed;

  • Is your IT team conversant with new non-x86_64 hardware, can they understand and evaluate these platforms or are they led by vendor marketing?
  • Do they know where revolutionary technologies like ARM, Intel MIC, and GPU can be applied to your business?
  • Are they experienced with non client/server computing models?
  • Can they operate and integrate Open Source technologies or are they limited to proprietary products?
  • Are they familiar with the opportunities presented by modern parallel processing hardware and workflows?
  • Do they have the mental agility to be problem solvers first and keyboard operators second?

Consider Our Services When

Our engineers have operated both as team leaders and members. We work with your own IT department or external contractors. We accept as much or as little responsibility for the overall project as you wish. Consider us when:

  • You are challenged by budget, performance targets, or highly demanding users
  • Vendors and integrators can't or won't treat your project seriously
  • You want to do the job right and value an impartial external advisor and advocate
  • A project is failing and your reputation and investment are on the line
  • Your own IT team are unable or unwilling to meet the challenge
  • You need help convincing directors and shareholders to make investment in new technologies

Next Steps

Our scientific approach to design, analysis and engineering has been proven in previous engagements with top 5 Investment Banks, Telcos, and technology vendors. Contact us to arrange a no-obligation meeting with one of our consultants.


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