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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
- 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
- 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
- Fundamental Trends
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