Intel IT’s Journey to an Enterprise Private Cloud

Hello World,

I work in Intel IT Engineering in our Data Center Engineering team and am our enterprise private cloud engineering lead.  This means that I focus across all aspects of our cloud engineering work to ensure that we are building optimum solutions, that our technical investments are meeting our overall architectural plans, and that our operations teams are getting “design to run” solutions.  Before this role I was heavily involved in various engineering and operational aspects of our Design Grid environment, and decided to take on the challenge of bringing many of our grid computing concepts to the rest of our IT infrastructure.

I also spend time out talking to peers in the IT Industry, and realized that it would be beneficial to share my personal perspective as well as that of the many engineers that I work with on the challenges, successes, and failures that we encounter on this Cloud journey.  So now I am blogging to help increase that communication, and I hope I hear from some of you on what you are doing in this exciting space.

Cloud is a pretty broad topic, and I like to keep my blogs somewhat short to stick to a key point…   we have published a few IT@Intel whitepapers (http://download.intel.com/it/pdf/Entrprse_Priv_Cloud_Arch_final.pdf) which you can take a look at to provide more in-depth context on our journey, and I will pick one-two areas that are either keeping me up at night or that I am proud of to share in the future - this first blog is my introduction, and to give a few pointers on what we are doing.

At a high level we are taking a pragmatic approach to shifting our IT Office and Enterprise infrastructure from a silo’d predominantly physical environment to an elastic on-demand infrastructure with multi-tenancy.  We made a decision last year to make pervasive virtualization a foundational aspect of our Enterprise Private Cloud, and have gone from around 12% of our Server OS’s running on virtual hardware in late 2009, to over 35% now.  This is also an interesting topic that I will speak about in another blog; both from an operational perspective to move at that pace, and from a technical perspective on how we are handling the analysis of technical limiters and addressing them systematically.

On top of virtualization we have introduced on-demand self-service… this is also a very significant and complex area which relies heavily on multiple solutions such as capacity management, entitlement, and appropriate controls to make our infrastructure appear infinite to our consumers.  This isn’t happening overnight, but I am excited about our progress.

Let me know if there are specific things you are interested in, I will try to get these out on a somewhat regular cadence, and thanks for reading my introduction.

-Das