Infrastructure optimization is the first building block in the functional architecture of the N1 Grid system. That architecture is requirements driven and solution focused. The solution required to achieve complete infrastructure optimization is delivered by using the hierarchical building-block architecture of build, virtualize, and provision:
This chapter presented the hierarchical architecture as delivering value through efficiency. TABLE 8-3 summarizes some of that efficiency through specific product examples. This value, while very tangible now, will only increase as the goal of strategic flexibility is ultimately delivered.
Infrastructure optimization provides the foundation for strategic flexibility. It is, however, just the first of the three functional architecture components required to deliver the N1 Grid system. Building on the foundation of that infrastructure is the application. Application optimization, as detailed in the following chapter, delivers that next functional component.