Part of the appeal surrounding data center work is getting to play with all of the shiny, blinky toys. It’s like adult LEGO sets that someone pays you to design, deploy, and configure – what could be better than that?
Well, there’s a problem – while you’re tinkering around building a beautiful snowflake architecture, the business units and their competition are forging ahead with their applications and revenue-generating workloads. What’s an IT engineer to do?
In this episode, beam aboard the Datanauts Starship of Amazement as we gather around the food replicator to share experiences with build-your-own and infrastructure stack deployments.
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Part 1: Build Your Own Stack
- What does it mean to build your own stack, exactly?
- Compute, storage, network, hypervisors, applications?
- Why build a stack from scratch?
- Solving a specific use case
- Snowflake deployments – are there really a lot of shops that need a custom deployment, or are most shops quite similar to one another?
- Is cost a driver?
- BYO has been sort of frowned upon in recent years as a waste of time and a slow model for deployment. Is this true, false, or some of both?
- Day 2 operations with a BYO stack.
- What happens when the original architects and engineers leave the company? Who then owns architecture, and how is this a challenge or benefit with BYO?
Part 2: Buying An Infrastructure Stack
- Let’s level set on what it means to buy a stack.
- Converged Infrastructure – Datanauts 002 – Insert Tab A Into Slot B With Converged Infrastructure
- HyperConverged Infrastructure – Datanauts 001 – Hyper Convergence With Scott D. Lowe
- Reference architectures – FlexPod? Others?
- What are the benefits and challenges from a deployment perspective?
- LCS process
- Deployment & implementation process
- How about day 2 operations – what’s it like working with a vendor who sort of owns the architecture – a bit like outsourcing to a 3rd party, or somewhat collaborative?
- How do people feel about vendor trust regarding their architecture? Unlike having an in-house architect, this has been deferred to an external entity. Is that good/bad?
- Where do cost savings come into play?
- What sort of skill sets do I need when using this approach? Do I no longer have a job, because I am not needed as an architect anymore?
Part 3: The Future, What Should We Do? Big Ideas!
- What is the future of data center design – snowflake BYO, node-based, fabric-based, converged, hyper-converged, cloud, etc? What trends are we seeing?
- What skill sets do you need to be a “full-stack” engineer in these new data center build outs?
- Nice way of saying “jack of all trades”
- Converged infrastructure stack seems like a great way to be a full-stack engineer
- What are challenges and takeaways from doing a converged stack with respect to the various IT silos?