The Bi-Modal IT Challenge

IBM and Catalogic Team Up To Help Transform IT

The modern data center has two modes; Reliable IT and Agile IT. Reliable IT represents core mission critical applications that drive the internal operations of the company. As its name suggests, the reliable IT infrastructure can’t go down. Change is slow and it requires careful planning so applications maintain their expected level of performance. External facing applications driven by the cloud and DevOps infrastructures often represents Agile IT. Agile IT requires similar reliability but can update quickly, almost on the fly. The common element between these two modes is data. Agile IT apps often feed into or report on data that Reliable IT creates and manages. Protecting, migrating and managing data between these environments is the key in enabling both of these modes to coexist.

The Bi-Modal IT Storage Problem

The problem is the storage architectures between Reliable IT and Agile IT are vastly different. Reliable IT typically uses off-the-shelf, scale-up architectures. The storage systems are well-vetted and understood. But they often do not offer the flexibility, scalability and cost efficiencies that Agile IT demands. The result is typically two separate silos of storage that need independent management and the manual copying of data between them. The manual management and data movement between these IT modes reduces overall data center efficiency and, of course, increase costs.

The Bi-Modal IT Bridge

Catalogic is a developer of in-place intelligent copy data software that leverages existing storage systems and software. It has a solution to this problem. Catalogic leverages the data management capabilities of an existing system but provides a copy data management layer that protects and migrates data between the legacy and modern environments. It also provides self-service provisioning and plugin that automates IT processes via a RESTful API.

But software is only part of the answer. The storage infrastructure also needs hardware. Catalogic is now in partnership with IBM that allows the two companies to provide organizations with a unified solution to their bi-modal IT challenges. IBM partnership with Catalogic’s copy data management software confirms the solution is enterprise-ready. It also proves that it is synergistic with IBM storage hardware and non-disruptive to IBM’s clients during deployment and ongoing use. Both IBM and Catalogic see the need to improve the operations of the core data center, while equipping the IT team with the tools it needs to support new Agile IT use cases like Hybrid Cloud and DevOps

StorageSwiss Take

IT Transformation is a popular subject to discuss, but not a popular one to actually work on. The process of transformation is hard work. Busy IT professionals don’t really have the time or resources to implement and maintain a bi-modal IT infrastructure. Catalogic’s intelligent copy data management, especially with its IBM partnership, is in a position to accomplish two major goals: make IT Transformation less painful and easily maintain the reality of a bimodal IT.

For more information please view the on-demand recording of the joint IBM and Catalogic software live web event here.

IBM’s VP of Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, Bina Hallman, joins Catalogic CEO Ed Walsh to reveal new ways that Catalogic Software is working with IBM to deliver solutions to the problems outlined above. The video includes live product demonstrations so you can see how IBM and Catalogic can solve critical your IT challenges.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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