2016 Strategic Roadmap for Data Center Infrastructure

Archived Published: 03 June 2016 ID: G00308122

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The data center infrastructure "supernova" is here, with applications and data forcefully spread across on-premises data centers, colocation, hosting and the cloud. IT leaders must apply a future-looking, enterprisewide steady hand to IT strategy and planning, or lose control and enterprise agility.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Fundamental Trends
    • Future State
      • Data Center Services Will Be Valued More Than Physical Systems
      • Data Center Services Will Be an Amalgam of Premises-Based, Colocated, Hosted and Cloud-Provided Services
      • In Most Cases, Enterprise-Private Clouds Will Not Keep Pace With the Innovation of Hyperscale Public IaaS and PaaS Providers
      • IaaS and PaaS "Patterns" Will Be Used to Drive Innovation as Planners Become Familiar With the "Art of the Possible"
      • Data Center "OS" and Container Orchestration Frameworks Will Coordinate, Schedule and Manage Applications Deployed Across Distributed Physical Servers and Service Providers
      • Bimodal IT Will Provide the Organizational and Process Framework for Enterprise During Periods of Migration and Integration, and an Eventual Status Quo Hybrid Infrastructure
    • Current State
      • On-Premises Applications and Data Still Outweigh Cloud-Based Assets
      • Business Unit Circumvention of IT in Search of More Agile and Innovative Cloud Services Continues Unabated
      • Direct Forklift Migrations of Existing Business Applications Are Often Not Cost-Effective
      • Not All Complexities and Inhibitors of Cloud Deployment Have Been Resolved as of 2016
    • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
      • Manageability Across Hybrid Environments Is a Complex, Enormous Task With Nascent Off-the-Shelf Solutions
      • Business Units Will Not Wait for IT to "Catch Up"
      • A Well-Architected Cloud Strategy Unifies Elements to Support the Business
      • Most Organizations Do Not Possess the Skills to Perform Cost-Effective Migration of Mode 1 Applications to the Cloud
      • IT Departments Need Staff Who Can Function as a Response Team to Help the Business Units
    • Migration (and Evolution) Plan
      • Immediate Priority
      • Medium-Term Priority
      • Longer-Term Priority
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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