Gartner Research

The Atomization of IT

Published: 15 January 2019

ID: G00355091

Analyst(s): Raj Bala , Paul Vincent


The atomic unit of compute is shrinking from servers and virtual machines to smaller units in the form of containers and PaaS, including fPaaS. A paradigm shift in workload delivery requires I&O leaders to shift infrastructure responsibilities and skills to take advantage of the new platforms.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Smaller Compute Units Will Require I&O Leaders to Trade Some Traditional Responsibilities Over Infrastructure for New Responsibilities
  • I&O Leaders’ Organizations Will Need a New Skill Set as Applications Need to Be Rearchitected to Fully Benefit From the Smaller Atomic Unit of Compute

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