DC Foresight research

Here are research titles, published since June 2019, that are available at no cost to InsightaaS subscribers:

  • In-Band vs. Out-of-Band Data Centre Monitoring and Management (February 2020; sponsored by Intel)
    • Contributors: Michael O’Neil, InsightaaS (lead analyst); Rami Radi, Intel (peer lead); Rocco Alonzi, Sun Life; Joe Belinsky, Moneris; Dr. Ghada Badawy, Computing Infrastructure Research Centre, McMaster University; Manjula Welegedera, The Hospital for Sick Children; Michael Brown, TeraGo; Barry Pratt. BPE/CBC; Don Sheppard, Consensus Consulting Services; George Clement, Intel
    • Synopsis: This report brings together experts with a variety of viewpoints to examine two fundamental approaches to enabling effective, pervasive data centre monitoring and management: in-band (solutions that run on top of production systems) and out-of-band (solutions that run on a dedicated network). The report considers key attributes and advantages/disadvantages associated with the two approaches and best practices in deployment and optimization, concluding with observations that help readers to align options with their business objectives.
  • Data Gravity in the Public Sector (June, 2019; sponsored by Technology Integration Group)
    • Contributors: Michael O’Neil, InsightaaS (lead analyst); Paul Cooper, Technology Integration Group (peer lead); Charlie Ancheta, MGCS (Ontario Government); Sham Satrohan, MGCS (Ontario Government); Adina Saposnik, eHealth Ontario; Luiz Costa, The Hospital for Sick Children; Medhat Roshdi, The Hospital for Sick Children; Manjula Welegedera, The Hospital for Sick Children; Joanna Yang, The Hospital for Sick Children; Rob Downie, Fanshawe College; Ryan Graham, Fanshawe College; Rich McEvoy, Fanshawe College; Tom Collins, Riverbed Techology; Brian Kwong, Riverbed Technology; John Corrigan, Dell; Frank Kolb, Dell; Sheri Boudreau, TIG; Lee Frazier, TIG; Bob Hall, TIG; Nenad Nedelojkovic, TIG; Kevin Smith, TIG
    • What impact does (or should) data gravity – “a state in which a single location or platform that holds lots of data attracts applications that rely on that data – which in turn creates new data, and attracts new applications, to the point where it is difficult for an organization to turn to other platforms, even if the cost, terms or performance of the first environment become unappealing” – have on public sector cloud strategies? Leading practitioners from government, healthcare and education discuss best practices in capitalizing on cloud while mitigating downside data gravity risks.
  • The Industrialization of the Data Centre: The Compute Factory (June, 2019; sponsored by OVH)
    • Contributors: Mary Allen, InsightaaS (lead analyst); Francois Sterin,OVH (peer lead); Kirby Peters, BMO Group; Mike Brown, TeraGo Networks; Chris Loken, Compute Ontario; Dr. Souvik Pal, Computing Infrastructure Research Centre, McMaster University; Ahsan Khan, ThinkOn; Michael O’Neil, InsightaaS; Peter
      Near, VMware
    • Synopsis: While most IT (and business) professionals have an intuitive understanding of what industrialization in a data centre context means, specifics of the approaches taken to the design and execution of compute production taken by the hyperscale providers and others require further investigation. Understanding of the scale technologies and deployment practices that apply may support broader application of techniques aimed at improving data centre operational efficiencies, while helping consumers of compute resources better assess providers’ service delivery capabilities. In this investigation, members of DC Foresight Industrialization of the Data Centre working group have considered the mechanics and the impact of seven key attributes to the advance of industrialization in the data centre.