Uptime Institute, a Seattle, WA-based advisory organization that administers the most adopted global standard for the proper design, build, and operation of data centers has introduced a Hybrid Resiliency Assessment service. The Hybrid Resiliency Assessment is designed to reduce the risks associated with business service delivery when the underlying infrastructure spans multiple data centers, co-locations sites and the cloud. The new offering provides an independent evaluation of an organization’s hybrid infrastructure and its ability to deliver specific IT services over the expected range of operating conditions.
Today, many organizations have created complex infrastructures comprised of multiple data centers, colocation facilities, and the cloud. These same organizations have distributed their core IT business services across hybrid structures, reducing their control and visibility in the process. Uptime Institute’s new offering provides an independent review of each hybrid structure’s ability to deliver specific types of business services, delivering insights on the overall level of resiliency and risk associated with those services, and empowering executives and practitioners to take corrective action as needed.
Uptime Institute’s new Hybrid Resiliency Assessment is designed to provide executives and staff with necessary governance at the service level, regardless of the type of underlying platform(s) involved. This enables direct alignment between business requirements and the hybrid infrastructure. The service applies a proven methodology for evaluating infrastructures, studying the interactions between the various related sub-systems. Delivered on-site by Uptime Institute experts, the assessment focuses on five key categories:
Organization: Defining requirements and aligning resiliency levels to business priorities.
Application: Mapping dependencies, mating investments to business needs.
Platform: Evaluating performance, driving visibility to the OS and Hypervisor layer.
Network: Assessing network architecture, performance and testing regimen.
Data Center: Matching infrastructure redundancy and operation rigor to workload priority.
Uptime Institute’s consultants analyze each business service across all five areas and assess the data when all components are combined as a single system, to validate the effectiveness of the company’s overall IT service delivery strategy. Clients receive an in-depth resiliency report that outlines the expected performance of specific business services, includes details on their effectiveness as it relates to the five key assessment areas and lists vulnerabilities along with practical recommendations for improvement.
The Hybrid Resiliency Assessment also includes a one-year subscription to Uptime Institute’s online Inside Track community to enable the ongoing improvement of clients’ hybrid platforms. This subscription allows client organizations to continue interacting with resiliency experts after the initial assessment, and to communicate with and learn from other companies who are also successfully optimizing their IT services in hybrid environments.