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2019 Strategic Roadmap for Compute Infrastructure

Published: 12 April 2019

ID: G00375789

Analyst(s): Daniel Bowers , Tony Harvey , Chirag Dekate


Hybrid IT is the new normal. Now I&O leaders must govern a mix of data center, public cloud and edge servers, while curating a growing catalog of compute styles including containers and serverless. Automation must boost compute agility for emerging digital workloads, and I&O should build AI skills.

Table Of Contents


  • Future State
    • Compute Location Is Chosen per Application by Business Need, With No I&O Bias Toward On- or Off-Premises
    • Automation Shifts From Improving Operational Efficiency to Enabling Business Agility
    • Hyperconverged Is Used Across Most Workload Categories
    • Intelligent Infrastructure Enables Cost-Efficiency and Agility for Complex On-Premises Workloads
    • I&O Curates a Developer-Friendly Compute Service Catalog Including Containers and Serverless
    • Specialized Infrastructure Is Used to Support Specific Business-Driven Initiatives in AI and at the Edge
  • Current State
    • Most Compute Is On-Premises, Supplemented by Separate Silos of Managed Services and Public Cloud
    • Automation Is Focused on Infrastructure Provisioning, Patching and Workload Placement, and Is Driven by Decision Trees and Custom Scripts
    • Hyperconverged Is Deployed for Targeted Use Cases
    • App Developers Are Pressuring I&O to Quickly Enable Container Production Environments
    • Where Present, AI Compute Infrastructure Is Burdened by High Cost and Missing Skills
    • Risk Aversion and Limited Modernization Options Keep in Place Dedicated Infrastructure for Customized Legacy Applications
  • Gap Analysis and Interdependencies
    • Tools and Processes for Consistent Governance and Resilience Across Hybrid IT Are Immature
    • Widening Gap Between CIO Expectations and I&O Delivery of Agility and Digital Transformation
    • Staff Skills With Containers, Serverless, Edge Computing and AI/ML Are Missing and Hard to Find
  • Migration Plan
    • Higher Priority/First
    • Medium Priority/Second
    • Lower Priority/Third

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