Virtualization and Enterprise Architecture: The Security Architect

November 30th, 2007 |
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Data centers today are under pressure from rising compute requirements, demand for storage capacity and energy costs. In this video podcast from IT@Intel, Alan Ross, principal engineer and enterprise architect with Intel IT, shares experiences, technology assessments and best practices around data center efficiency, virtualization and consolidation.

Transforming the data center requires understanding the underlying domains: facility, network, server, storage and how security interacts with manageability and other technology. The security architect has to evolve plans for business continuity and disaster recovery, as well as jump into emerging threat and risk arenas like Web application security. Facilities monitoring and management and energy savings require understanding and balancing customer service levels with the need to pinpoint where, when and how much compute power is needed, and migrating workloads accordingly. Virtualization is another game-changer in the data center, increasing capacity and manageability while decreasing energy consumption.

Alan Ross comes to enterprise architecture from an unconventional background. He holds a number of patents, has worked with electrorheological fluids to change the behavior of automotive dampers, and hopes someday to be part of future innovations in energy efficiency, photovoltaics and photolytics.

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