Explosive growth in the demand for IT computing infrastructure resources has put the global IT data centers that host this infrastructure at the brink of both energy and floor space capacity. New data centers are costly, complex, and energy-hungry; at the same time, industry analysts estimate that several billions of dollars in existing server hardware is under-utilized. To address these challenges, organizations across the world have begun to leverage smarter technologies, such as virtualization. But without the benefit of a smartly engineered transformation effort, virtualization technologies alone have fallen short of providing the business value that resonates with an organization's lines of business.
This book guides you successfully toward a lean virtualization implementation, using an approach based on service patterns to transform IT infrastructures to a virtualized state. Derived from the collective knowledge of an internationally recognized and globally experienced team of authors, the patterns address the seven “lean levers” that are the building blocks of the patterns for virtualization: segmenting complexity, redistributing activities, pooling resources, flexibly balancing resources, reducing incoming hardware infrastructure and work, reducing non-value-adding work, and standardizing operations. You will also learn how to manage IT infrastructures while optimizing technical and organizational resources to provide compelling business value for the organization.
With IT Virtualization Best Practices, you will learn how to:
Become more productive in managing overall costs
Be agile in provisioning new business services and improving time to market
Be proactive in catering to rapidly changing business models and client demands
Become more “charged” as an engine for fueling business growth
Produce direct value to clients by optimizing their value chain
Mickey Iqbal — Mickey Iqbal is an IBM Distinguished Engineer responsible for leading architecture and technology deployment strategy for IBM's Strategic Outsourcing (SO) business. As a technology leader and an executive at IBM, he leads the global programs for hardware and software infrastructure resource optimization and for technology deployment in IBM's global data centers, which span more than 8 million square feet of raised floor space.
Mickey has led several large transformation projects for some of IBM's largest clients and is globally sought by clients for consultation in the areas of IT strategy, IT transformations, virtualization, cloud computing, green data centers, IT architecture, and operations management. Mickey developed the strategy and architecture for IBM SO's global operating systems provisioning and for IBM's electronic software distribution services, which are deployed worldwide in support of IBM's clients. Mickey has filed 12 patents on behalf of IBM and is the co-author of two IBM Redbooks. He championed and led the development of software technology that resulted in two IBM commercial software products.
Mickey holds an MBA and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UET, Lahore. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, which focuses on the technical underpinnings of IBM's future.
Mithkal Smadi — Dr. Mithkal Smadi is an IBM Distinguished Engineer in Integrated Service Delivery. Recently, he played a leading role in the early development and deployment of IBM lean transformation methodology across Integrated Technology Delivery (ITD) and Integrated Managed Business Process Delivery (IMBPD). Mithkal is a recognized technical leader in quality control, design, qualification, and manufacturing across IBM products and services.
Mithkal joined IBM in 1987 and has held a variety of technical and management positions in technology, product development, supply chain engineering, and IT services. Mithkal has led many quality improvement projects in logic commodities, OEM products, and now in IBM Services, resulting in substantial savings and improvements to IBM product competitiveness. He leads the Global Defect Prevention Process development and deployment.
Chris Molloy — Chris Molloy is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, responsible for optimizing the 8 million square feet of data center space used around the world to support IBM's outsourcing customers. Chris drives the worldwide strategy for these data centers, leveraging the patented process he put in place for distributed capacity planning now being used for over 100,000 servers.
With an MBA from Duke University to complement his computer science degree from the University of Florida, Chris blends his understanding and use of the technology with the economic business value benefit needed by today's corporations to mitigate the growth of IT demand with the IT budget. Chris is also a member of IBM's Academy of Technology.
Jim Rymarczyk — Jim Rymarczyk, an IBM Fellow, is the Chief Virtualization Technologist for IBM's Systems and Technology Group. He leads the corresponding development community and co-leads the architecture board for IBM's New Enterprise Data Center products. He also conducts frequent customer briefings on the expanding role virtualization will play in reducing IT complexity and cost.
Since joining IBM in 1968, Jim has played a key role in numerous IBM technologies, including serving as a principal designer of the S/390 PR/SM Logical Partitioning facility, leading the design of a precursor to the RS/6000 SP, and serving as a principal architect of the S/390 Parallel Sysplex. He also led the highly successful effort to bring mainframe virtualization technologies to IBM's Power Systems™ family of servers.
Jim researches a broad range of future server technologies and designs, predicts IT technology trends and disruptions, leads product competitiveness studies, and drives changes to the system-level design of future IBM servers. He received a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has served as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science with Union College. He is a member of the IEEE, the ACM, and the IBM Academy of Technology.
Chapter 1: How Virtualization Will Save IT
The Current IT Crisis
The Power of Virtualization
Progressive Advances in IT Virtualization
New Challenges Introduced by Virtualization
Server Virtualization Products
Cloud Computing: The Next Phase in IT
Chapter 2: Why Virtualization Matters for Green Data Centers
Opportunities Abound for the Greening of IT
IBM Data Center Expertise and “Big Green”
New Models for Efficient IT Delivery
The Five Building Blocks of Green Data Centers
Data Center Transformation: A Global Case Study
Why Virtualization Is Key for Green IT and Data Center Transformations
Chapter 3: The Lean Transformation System
Lean History: The Toyota Production System
How Lean Methodologies Fit into the Field of IT
The Elements of a Sustainable Lean Transformation
Value Streams and Waste
Chapter 4: A Template for Virtualization Patterns
Elements of a Well-Documented Pattern
The Pattern Specification
A Sample Pattern
Classifying Patterns Along the Lean Levers
Example of Lean Levers in an IT Pattern