The executive brief on N1 covers how Sun N1 can help IT managers keep
their companies competitive. "Just in Time" computing is based on
the Just in Time manufacturing model that lets vendors know exactly
how much product is needed for the next manufacturing run. This reduces
excess inventory. In the same way, N1 will enable modern enterprises to
exploit Just in Time computing -- all with the attendant simplicity and
economies it suggests.
The N1 systems architecture promises to redefine the way we think about
managing and deploying complex computing resources. IT managers seek
responsiveness and efficiency from their information systems.
Increasingly managers are concluding that the established ways of
managing and deploying computing services are outdated. Responding to
changing customer needs and markets means creating an IT infrastructure
capable of turning on a dime. Today, instituting change is
often sluggish and inefficient.
Taking a step back from the problems can result in seeing a way for
better models that IT could successfully emulate. When asked, many
managers say they would like the ability to access computing power just
like they do telephones, electricity or any other utility. Only pay
for what you use and nothing more. This utility model of computing
represents an ideal that promises to solve many of the most pressing
problems with IT.
The utility computing model has advantages such as:
- Reduced complexity in creating infrastructure and business processes
requiring IT services
- Shortened provisioning times
- Lower up-front costs
- Improved utilization of resources
N1 will help reduce the management complexity in the datacenter caused
by the explosion of new applications and server sprawl.
By unifying all of the resources in a compute fabric, N1 will help
enterprises to create massively scalable computing systems that also
offer continuous availability. Key to this is enabling datacenter
personnel to manage services at a higher level than is possible today
to create systems that offer a tighter, more direct alignment between
servicing business needs and managing IT infrastructure and services.
N1 does this by creating a virtual system out of the underlying
compute, network and storage resources. In doing so, N1 will reduce
the system configuration and management burden on IT staff, help shrink
costs and increase the agility of enterprises that adopt it.
N1 can free IT staff from managing individual components. It can
improve flexibility and permit the rapid reconfiguration of IT services
in response to changes in demand and transparent integration of outside
resources when required or desired.
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