Cloud migration is at the core of an IT organization’s digital transformation. But it is also a highly disruptive force. Supporting legacy systems with cloud offerings creates a hybrid IT infrastructure, which poses challenges: breaking down silos and integrating processes, managing data across different systems and software, determining which workloads to migrate, establishing governance and security measures, and dealing with shadow IT. But the benefits can be significant: more speed, agility and resilience.
Cloud just doesn’t make the business more efficient — it can transform it.
Organizations need to recognize that a hybrid IT infrastructure is fast becoming the norm. The role of the traditional data center will be relegated to that of a legacy holding area, dedicated to very specific services that cannot be supported elsewhere. In fact, for many organizations, the data center is no longer the center of their data. Hybrid infrastructures are the new reality — encompassing not only on-premises, but colocation, edge, microdata centers, public cloud, SaaS and private cloud.
Gartner’s planning assumption is that by 2025, 80% of enterprises will have shut down their traditional data centers, versus 10% today. As interconnect services, cloud providers, the Internet of Things (IoT), edge services and SaaS offerings continue to proliferate, the rationale to stay in a traditional data center will have limited advantages. This is not an overnight shift, but an evolutionary change in how we deliver services to our customers and to the business.
IT infrastructures are changing. Architects and IT leaders need to prepare for that. As a vehicle for next-generation digital business, modern IT infrastructure will be distributed, to wherever it’s needed, to support specific workload types. Essentially, your data center will be everywhere.