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What Qualifies as a Business Critical System?

From a technical or architectural point-of-view, House of Brick (HoB) defines business critical systems as the entire stack from the application through middleware, database, operating system, virtualization layer, server infrastructure, storage, and network.

That focus on the entire application system stack is something that makes House of Brick fairly unique. There are many consulting companies that focus on applications (such as SAP or EBS), and many that focus on the database (Oracle or SQL Server). cloudquestionBut there are not a lot of companies like HoB that have a more holistic perspective on what it takes to keep business critical systems running well.

A business critical system (system stack and associated lifecycle) also needs to fit within an organization. Many times an organization must change or mature in order to adequately adopt a virtualization or Cloud Computing model. House of Brick helps clients to implement the changes they need to adopt virtualization and cloud computing successfully.

 

Cloud Computing Solutions

cloud

What Qualifies as a Business Critical System?

From a technical or architectural point-of-view, House of Brick (HoB) defines business critical systems as the entire stack from the application through middleware, database, operating system, virtualization layer, server infrastructure, storage, and network.

That focus on the entire application system stack is something that makes House of Brick fairly unique. There are many consulting companies that focus on applications (such as SAP or EBS), and many that focus on the database (Oracle or SQL Server). cloudquestionBut there are not a lot of companies like HoB that have a more holistic perspective on what it takes to keep business critical systems running well.

A business critical system (system stack and associated lifecycle) also needs to fit within an organization. Many times an organization must change or mature in order to adequately adopt a virtualization or Cloud Computing model. House of Brick helps clients to implement the changes they need to adopt virtualization and cloud computing successfully.

 

Virtualization: the First Step to a Cloud Computing Model

House of Brick has honed their expertise over the past eight years of the company’s history, and has become the acknowledged expert in the union of virtualization and business critical systems.

They help customers virtualize their application system stacks and move them through the lifecycle and virtualization maturity model and implement cloud computing in their environments.

 

Virtualization Maturity Model

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Another thing that House of Brick does well in their work on business critical systems is to maintain a focus around the whole lifecycle of that system. Many times they are brought in to migrate a system and its data from one platform to another. That is often the beginning of the lifecycle for customer engagements.

 

Lifecycle for Customer Engagements

This lifecycle stage graphic illustrates what HoB does for their clients:
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  • Accumulate – Gather system information, and customer requirements in order to create an architecture that fits the customer’s needs.

 

  • Evaluate – Analyze those requirements and system data and design the appropriate architecture. Use resource availability, timing deadlines, and SLA requirements to develop the implementation project plan.

 

  • Migrate – Move the application from one platform to another. Many times this is a virtualized infrastructure on the target end. Also migrate the data into that application respecting established SLA requirements.

 

  • Validate – Validate the results once the application and data are on the new platform. This includes a functional validation, as well as data integrity, and system performance.

 

  • Calibrate – Performance-tune the system stack to meet or exceed customer expectations, and House of Brick best practices.

 

  • Replicate – Establish High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions for the customer’s systems.

 

  • Federate – This is a Cloud Computing term that refers to the use of all available system resources for that application. The needs of the application may grow or shrink depending on weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual demand. It may also be dependent on non-timing factors. HoB establishes principles of Cloud Computing when they allow that application to be moved or take up more or less resources as needed.

 

  • Operate – The operate phase is probably the longest of any of the others combined, or at least ideally so. House of Brick stands out in this phase with their Managed Consulting Services, and the proactive nature of the way they work to keep our customers’ systems healthy.

 

Virtualization: the First Step to a Cloud Computing Model

House of Brick has honed their expertise over the past eight years of the company’s history, and has become the acknowledged expert in the union of virtualization and business critical systems.

They help customers virtualize their application system stacks and move them through the lifecycle and virtualization maturity model and implement cloud computing in their environments.

Virtualization Maturity Model

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Another thing that House of Brick does well in their work on business critical systems is to maintain a focus around the whole lifecycle of that system. Many times they are brought in to migrate a system and its data from one platform to another. That is often the beginning of the lifecycle for customer engagements.

 

Lifecycle for Customer Engagements

This lifecycle stage graphic illustrates what HoB does for their clients:lifecycle

  • Accumulate – Gather system information, and customer requirements in order to create an architecture that fits the customer’s needs.
  • Evaluate – Analyze those requirements and system data and design the appropriate architecture. Use resource availability, timing deadlines, and SLA requirements to develop the implementation project plan.
  • Migrate – Move the application from one platform to another. Many times this is a virtualized infrastructure on the target end. Also migrate the data into that application respecting established SLA requirements.
  • Validate – Validate the results once the application and data are on the new platform. This includes a functional validation, as well as data integrity, and system performance.
  • Calibrate – Performance-tune the system stack to meet or exceed customer expectations, and House of Brick best practices.
  • Replicate – Establish High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions for the customer’s systems.
  • Federate – This is a Cloud Computing term that refers to the use of all available system resources for that application. The needs of the application may grow or shrink depending on weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual demand. It may also be dependent on non-timing factors. HoB establishes principles of Cloud Computing when they allow that application to be moved or take up more or less resources as needed.
  • Operate – The operate phase is probably the longest of any of the others combined, or at least ideally so. House of Brick stands out in this phase with their Managed Consulting Services, and the proactive nature of the way they work to keep our customers’ systems healthy.

 

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“We’re excited by the possibilities. Thanks to House of Brick, our database servers are now virtualized so we can make better use of our hardware capacity. We can host less-critical applications on the same physical hardware as our databases if we need to. And just as we can create new applications virtual machines on demand, we’ll be able to create new database servers on the fly. If we lose one RAC node, we can quickly build a new one.”

– Angelic Gibson, IT Operations Director
American Tire Distributors