Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Stackify Blog, APM Blog, Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, Java IoT, Microservices Expo, @CloudExpo

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Importance of ‘Proof-of-Concept’ – in Right Sizing the Infrastructure

Importance of undertaking proof of concept (PoC) to examine the viability of an approach

It is quite commonly observed now-a-days as a common practice; most of the companies invest a lot of time in engaging consultants & designers and spending colossal amounts of money in capacity planning to size the infrastructure for their specific needs. Not denying the fact that people, capacity planning tools are always helpful to help identify the required amount of resources to size the infrastructure correctly. However, need to consider the fact and it is absolutely necessary to do "Proof-of-concept" especially while making imperative decisions.

There are always concerns raised in terms of obtaining a satisfactory performance. Moreover, mergers and acquisitions have brought in their share of complexity to the existing environment, resulting in technology -vs- application compatibility related challenges. Nevertheless, this may be applicable for setting up new infrastructure for a business critical application from the scratch or for specific IT requirements (for example - data center consolidation, virtualizing a system or going for cloud based solutions). Proof of concepts helps companies in deciding acceptance criteria, right sizing the infrastructure according to their specific needs. It helps in achieving business objectives by controlling the budget over run and helps IT management to plan for cost and procure resources accordingly to ensure successful completion of a project. As the design phase is responsible for many critical decisions, many cost overrun causes are related to such phase. It is identified that most significant causes of cost overrun related to the design phase are due to blindly following the theoretical evidence or by going with by completely trusting on the metrics obtained using unreliable capacity planning tools.

The purpose of PoC is to showcase the benefits using real world end user scenarios and by calculating the TCO for individual cases. Considering the Key system performance base metrics - Processor, Memory, Disk and Network, usually the work loads are classified in to three types (1) Typical user (2) Power user and (3) Advanced Power user. It is always a good practise to calculate load / system usage based on "Power user". If funds permit, it would be even better to use the upper bound for the calculations by considering "Advanced power user" usage in to the account.

PoC helps in determining and size accordingly based on the Average and Peak loads. It enables the consultants in deciding anticipated future growth and leave sufficient room for all key system performance metrics discussed above.

Gartner predicts that the portion of organizations using cloud services will reach 80% by the end of year 2015. Whilst the Cloud Disaster Recovery Service becoming popular these days, companies want to have quick recovery of vital applications in case of failures, by taking advantage of cloud based DR solutions. Hence, it is becoming imperious for organisations to set their own PoC strategy, choose their own POC clouds, navigate technical hurdles & compatibility related challenges, and measure success.

In conclusion, to successfully execute a project, an organization has to give maximum importance to "Proof-of-concept", which defines its success criteria. The use of a proof-of-concept template can be applied to various projects that can help Businesses bridge the gap between the visionary and delivery stages of production efforts.

Fig Illustrates: Resource equals money

More Stories By Sathyanarayanan Muthukrishnan

Sathyanarayanan Muthukrishnan has worked on and managed a variety of IT projects globally (Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom, India) and interfaces with business leaders in the implementation of systems & enhancements.

  • IT Operations Management.
  • Strategic IT strategic road map planning & execution.
  • Data Center Management.
  • Architecture, Analysis and Planning.
  • Budgeting, Product comparisons: Cost - benefit analysis (Hardware, Software & Applications).
  • Disaster Recovery Planning & Testing.
  • Microsoft Windows & Unix Server farms management.
  • Databases (SQL, Oracle)
  • SAN/NAS storage management - capacity planning.
  • Virtualization & Cloud computing (Certified: Citrix, Vmware, Hyper-V)
  • Networking & IT Security.
  • Process refinement, Issues trend Analysis & solutions, ITIL (Change & Problem management)
  • Best Practices Implementations & Stabilization initiatives.

@ThingsExpo Stories
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to it...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
Gemini is Yahoo’s native and search advertising platform. To ensure the quality of a complex distributed system that spans multiple products and components and across various desktop websites and mobile app and web experiences – both Yahoo owned and operated and third-party syndication (supply), with complex interaction with more than a billion users and numerous advertisers globally (demand) – it becomes imperative to automate a set of end-to-end tests 24x7 to detect bugs and regression. In th...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
"MobiDev is a software development company and we do complex, custom software development for everybody from entrepreneurs to large enterprises," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Large industrial manufacturing organizations are adopting the agile principles of cloud software companies. The industrial manufacturing development process has not scaled over time. Now that design CAD teams are geographically distributed, centralizing their work is key. With large multi-gigabyte projects, outdated tools have stifled industrial team agility, time-to-market milestones, and impacted P&L stakeholders.
"Space Monkey by Vivent Smart Home is a product that is a distributed cloud-based edge storage network. Vivent Smart Home, our parent company, is a smart home provider that places a lot of hard drives across homes in North America," explained JT Olds, Director of Engineering, and Brandon Crowfeather, Product Manager, at Vivint Smart Home, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
It is of utmost importance for the future success of WebRTC to ensure that interoperability is operational between web browsers and any WebRTC-compliant client. To be guaranteed as operational and effective, interoperability must be tested extensively by establishing WebRTC data and media connections between different web browsers running on different devices and operating systems. In his session at WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Alex Gouaillard, CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, presented ...
WebRTC is great technology to build your own communication tools. It will be even more exciting experience it with advanced devices, such as a 360 Camera, 360 microphone, and a depth sensor camera. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Masashi Ganeko, a manager at INFOCOM Corporation, introduced two experimental projects from his team and what they learned from them. "Shotoku Tamago" uses the robot audition software HARK to track speakers in 360 video of a remote party. "Virtual Teleport" uses a multip...
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Evatronix will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Evatronix SA offers comprehensive solutions in the design and implementation of electronic systems, in CAD / CAM deployment, and also is a designer and manufacturer of advanced 3D scanners for professional applications.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices to ...
An increasing number of companies are creating products that combine data with analytical capabilities. Running interactive queries on Big Data requires complex architectures to store and query data effectively, typically involving data streams, an choosing efficient file format/database and multiple independent systems that are tied together through custom-engineered pipelines. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Tomer Levi, a senior software engineer at Intel’s Advanced Analytics gr...