In this ESG Video Blog, ESG's Scott Sinclair and Edwin Yuen discuss the role of storage infrastructure as part of an IT ecosystem.
Read the related ESG Blog: Storage Versus Data: The Role of Storage in Managing the Larger Data IT Ecosystem (Video)
Scott: So I'm here, amongst all the excitement at VMworld 2017, and I had a chance to sit down or talk to Edwin, who heads up our systems management group at ESG, and really to ask him a few questions, trying to understand the role of storage and storage infrastructure in managing a larger data management or IT ecosystem.
One of the things when we look at storage and the storage industry, there's so much focus on ease of use in managing the storage infrastructure, but often when it comes to the enterprise, what really matters is the data. So how does managing the data versus managing the infrastructure, how does all that come together and relate to systems management?
Edwin: Well, in the systems management realm, there's traditionally been a lot of infrastructure management. You're trying to see if the devices are working and how things are set up. There's been a shift in systems management to much more of an application-centric management, where we need to understand how the applications are performing and then probably most importantly, how does it connect back to the data? How does it use it, how does it reach out to it, and how do you deploy it? And that's also changed because of the way that we get to storage and to data, where we have things like software-defined storage, we have cloud-based storage. It's not solely, you know, just a server right there and the app right there and then the storage is right next to it. Because things are becoming more complex and we've got this kind of large web of things that are going back and forth, the ability to understand the connectivity and the performance is really driving systems management in that direction.
Scott: Interesting. So how could…what sorts of things should, you know, IT leaders or storage administrators look for to make sure that they're selecting the right storage components or elements to plug into a greater systems management framework?
Edwin: I think you'll wanna make sure that the storage components have the ability to pass that information on. So you don't want just something to tap in on the outside. We're seeing some really great innovations on the storage side and integrating in with hyper-converged systems, where that information is being made available by APIs. Having that availability is gonna drive the information back so that you can do the external tap information, but also the internal information that the storage device and the storage systems give right into the systems management tools so that it can resolve differences and really kind of look at it from both angles.
Scott: Great. Thanks.
Edwin: Thank you.