Intel IT began our cloud roadmap implementation back in 2006, which started with our Grid computing environment in Silicon Design. Since then, we expanded that early roll-out to our Office and Enterprise environments. As we plan forward, we anticipate new bottle necks in overall system performance, along with a shift away from compute to storage and networking I/O. This is primarily driven by the increased capabilities of the latest generation Xeon processors that enabled a greater number of denser VMs.
After speaking to my peers who manage similar IT enterprises, my observations are that they seem focused on capacity management in terms of CPU, memory and storage capacity without adequate focus on IO capacity. Properly monitoring and controlling network and storage IO bottlenecks is paramount to maintaining overall system performance.
In a recent podcast on technlogy for tomorrow's cloud, I address the technologies Intel IT has on its cloud roadmap, and outline building a cloud for an organization. What challenges and solutions do you have for maintaining overall system performance?