If anyone is interested IASA is offering the Infrastructure Architecture course in September.
9/9/2014 6:30:00 PM
Infrastructure Architecture: Online Instructor Led (Virtual)
I have argued for many years that the overall concepts of infrastructure architecture evolve and change rapidly/ Much more rapidly than solution architecture. The reality of infrastructure architecture is as much that solutions move into the infrastructure and are absorbed by the IA team as it is the evolution and growth of security requirements.
Security is the job of every IT professional. From those who watch the edges of the network, to those who operate the solutions every day it is a critical component. Design for security, build for security and in the end deploy and operate for security.
Infrastructure Architects (IA) in the end are all about standards. Sometimes, by the way far to much about standards and not enough about innovation but that is for another time. Over time IA’s focus on mapping the right infrastructure for the now, and capacity so that the tomorrow won’t swamp the system.
Where cloud solutions can reduce the overall impact of a solution it does change how the IA looks at the environment. I’ve said for years that networks have been built from the core to the edges with the goal of providing core services to the edges. With Cloud that is reversed where core services are outside the network and you connect to them via your WAN. But the WAN was often designed outbound in not inbound and outbound.
That is the stuff IA’s deal with all the time. They worry about the total capacity of their network and when will the Ipv4 addresses run out? They are concerned about the impact of the solution on the network and the required security settings. They ask questions like what ports are you requiring be open on our firewalls? How do we update this new solution? What is required on the desktop for our users to be effective?
Sometimes its as if the Solution Architect and the Infrastructure Architect are speaking a different language. Add in an Enterprise Architect who may be focused on building/delivering solutions for the entire enterprise and it makes for an interesting conversation.
Keeping up your end (if you’re an IA) is a huge part of the IASA class. Its not what you know – but how you convey it to other people that makes for successful projects.