By Tarakesh Tummapudi, Senior Director, Oracle EMEA Consulting
What is common between solving a traffic problem and simplifying IT?
As part of induction of new joiners, I sometimes need to explain the concept of platform consolidation & modernization to simplify IT. I use the analogy of the traffic at Bangalore, the city where I live, to explain the concept.
Traffic at Bangalore like many other growing cities is a chaos owing to the infrastructure bursting at the seams, public transport just about catching up and also the number of vehicles on the roads growing with the city population ever increasing.
However, when you look inside the cars, you will find that on an average there are about 1 to 2 passengers while the capacity of the cars is 5 and now a days even 7. This is an inefficient use of capacity causing traffic problems, pollution, increased consumption of oil and so on. The solution to this of course is better public transport and also concepts such as car pooling or ride sharing. These can reduce the number of vehicles on the road, reduce pollution and also reduce the cost of commute.
I believe a similar thing happens in IT as well. Traditionally when we have had to deploy new applications, we have most often thought of infrastructure for them in silos. Often new hardware is provisioned for these applications. Even more, when these systems are designed, they are typically designed for peak workloads. These peak workloads probably occur about 30-40% of time, which means that rest of the time the hardware is underutilized. This results in server sprawls, increased datacenter space requiring additional cooling, higher power consumption etc., which in turn results in higher carbon emissions.
The solution to this is to use consolidation technologies such as virtualization, public & private clouds, consolidated databases and the like. Consolidation helps reduce infrastructure costs significantly and is a much greener way to run IT. There are other benefits such as standardization of the platform resulting in simplified administration and better control over the IT landscape.
Of course this is easier said than done. Such projects will be complex and will need to be carefully planned and executed.
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