For decades, in the now bygone days of on-prem (and collocated) service delivery, GTSG has developed and implemented Data Center Strategy. In this vastly different era, roughly equivalent proportions of new workloads are to be delivered on-prem, off-prem (in colocation or hosting) and in the cloud.
The flow depicted below provides a general outline for this series, in which we discuss the process for building a “living strategy.” The placement of workloads will continue to evolve, and while today there is the rapid development of new capability in the cloud, even in the past, some of us have had our near completed plans redirected by a merger or acquisition (or some other change in business conditions).
The foundational step in this workflow is to Gather and Understand the Requirements of the Business. We start from the position that the job of Infrastructure & Operations is not to “own” or to “produce” – but to enable the business while we protect the business. Within this foundational step, five important considerations;