GLOBAL VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEPLOYMENT EXPERTS

DevOps and All Flash

Feb 06, 2017

Organisations of various sizes are seeking cross-departmental integration for IT Operations, development and QA and the topic of DevOps is a hot topic at the moment.

While there are a variety of software tools available to facilitate effective DevOps growth in an IT organisation, high performance, efficient and easy to use infrastructure can have a positive effect and fundamentally change the game.

I recently attended a presentation by a provider of mobile phone applications. In her presentation, she detailed that unlike many key Enterprise applications that were run in data centres and might require an update every 3-6 months or more in contrast for mobile applications, it was far more often sometimes a week or less. This presents huge challenges to customers and their businesses.

pure.png

 

While the use case above is certainly not unique – , let’s take a brief moment to identify what DevOps is and its effect on the environment.

First, DevOps is a shift that includes the adoption of new processes and methodologies that foster communication, collaboration and coordination between operations, development and QA teams. This reflects the fundamentals of the development delivery lifecycle. For many the model look like code > build > test > release > manage > monitor > update.

Such DevOps methodologies and models are under served when the infrastructure doesn’t offer the appropriate level of agility and enablement required by the transform. This is where Pure all Flash and its partners such as Actifio and Catalogic can help (both are Copy Data solutions).

The first example of these joint solutions is deployed independent of the production IT operations stack. Deployment requires registering applications and their virtual or physical hosts. In a solution, such as AppFlash, it leverages the capabilities native within the application stack (i.e. Oracle RMAN, VMware CBT, etc…) to seed and incrementally update the source data repository for a truly heterogeneous DevOps environment.

Once up and running it’s a relatively simple process for the IT Ops team to publish policy-based service offerings which may include components such as defined service levels, role-based access, data masking, etc. Dev and QA teams can self-provision application stacks (app and data via compute, network and storage clones) on demand with zero interaction from IT Ops. Provisioning can be published via an HTML interface or called as a REST based API, which can be directly integrated into existing tools and workflows.

Partnering with companies such as Actifio and Catalogic, Pure Storage FlashArray has resulted in significant gains over traditional disk based, Actifio deployments. The FlashReduce data reduction engine is providing a significant increase in addressable storage along with a reduction in capacity requirements for Actifio’s cloning engine. The performance gains have demonstrated the ability to support more concurrent users per Actifio node and enabled a new level of performance oriented testing capabilities.

In summary, the pressure on the DevOps team will continue to increase. Leveraging solutions such as Pure Storage and other automation can be a key differentiator for your IT teams and the business.


Pure Storage will be at the Viadex stand for the duration of ICE Totally Gaming,book a meeting here to speak to one of the consultants   



Tags:
Category:

Share

Request a callback

Thank you, we will be in touch with you shortly.
Submit

Send us a message

Thank you, we will be in touch with you shortly.
Submit

Client Testimonials

One of the worlds leading online gaming software providers has been a very happy client since 2002:

  • Why have you chosen to work with Viadex?

    Initially it was simply a matter of supply needs; it was convenient. Over the years the relationship has shifted from one-off purchase and supply, to a mutually beneficial partnership. I continue to invest in the relationship with Viadex because it offers a lot of advantages to me as Head of IT for a global business. These advantages include but are not limited to having an advocate working for us in discussions with vendors, having someone to make contact with vendors and either arrange proof of concept engagements or provide some background and advise relating to the vendor.

  • What are the primary benefits and/or results Viadex brings to your organisation?

    Viadex understands our business, Viadex recognises that we are a global business requiring supply to many locations, invoicing to varied entitles and that we exist in a market where there are real advantages in terms of getting to market quickly and as a result we have high expectations when it comes to logistics turnaround times.

    The Viadex account team takes time to visit our IT team and understand our project roadmap which enables them to align to our needs, as well as to offer potential solutions to address on-going challenges. Viadex recognizes the high level of technical skill in our organisation and helps us connect with the appropriate calibre of representatives from various vendors.

    Viadex assists with managing our support relationships with vendors, and taking the above into account they also help us bypass the lower levels of support and obtain quality support levels.

    Viadex advises us of how best to handle vendors, how to maximise value in our engagements and how to achieve the best return on our investments by considering alternative vendors, taking note of the timing of our purchases and optimally structuring our investment.

  • What is the process of working with Viadex like?

    Viadex has a friendly, open engagement with us. Viadex invests in face time with multiple touch-points to provide a service across the IT spectrum. The relationship is professionally owned by an account executive who is assisted by a technical team and a procurement team. The friendly and generally informal engagements suit my style; however Viadex has a professional and formal image for the times when it is appropriate. Viadex strives to respond to mails with minimal delay and is always available to take a call.

  • Why would you recommend Viadex?

    As Head of IT I appreciate not having to sweat over the details of procurement and vendor management. I am enabled to focus on delivering the business solution knowing that I can rely on Viadex to represent our best interests in commercial discussions. Viadex presents their proposed solution for review after doing the legwork. I enjoy working with the Viadex team, I have learnt a lot from them and I believe they have learnt from us too. It is a true partner relationship.