Should infrastructure still be a concern for businesses?

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Senior Director of Health Care Cloud in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
Yes, it still matters. It'll always matter. I think the same way COVID was a huge catalyst to technologists working from home, I think something else is probably coming that will force technology to start working from home, or that is to say out at the edge. So I think we're going to see massive decentralization of infrastructure and what we take for granted now, the constructs around like Kubernetes, for example, we already see it shrinking down. Like who's got a watch that's more powerful than the laptop they had 15 years ago? So this isn't going to be a great experience if you've got to wait for data and processing to happen in a data center thousands of miles from where you live. All that data's got to be close to the edge, the processing has to be close to the edge or even on your person. So I think, yes, we're going to continue to have to worry about infrastructure, but also yes, we're also going to have to figure out how do we spread it out and create an era of ambient computing.
VP of Partnerships and Strategic Advisor in Software, 51 - 200 employees
When I was at Microsoft, we were doing trusted computing for the national security apparatus in the United States and other countries. Really, this all boils down to trust. The ability to convey trust through actions. The ability to control the infrastructure, understand the degree that it's been tuned or not tuned, and understand what you've deployed. Ultimately, I believe that there is always going to be a class of problems that is going to require the degree of trust that will mean that it cannot come from shared infrastructure. If you look at the solutions that we have today, things like syscall interface within container architecture, shared memory in physical infrastructure and noisy neighbor problems, they're all kind of indicative of the need for hybrid solutions. There's been various solutions to make things that are not easily virtualizable available, or to make the entire breadth of technology available. Things like Ironic, for example, and things like passing through SSE extensions or AVX extensions, or pick your favorite other processor, idiosyncrasy, that's super hard to virtualize. But at the end of the day, it's about ownership and control. And that's the way the trust is established. Any other solution that is available is either very, very costly in terms of a number of resources or it's near impossible to implement. So, I think that hybridization is going to be around for quite some time.
CIO in Energy and Utilities, 11 - 50 employees
It always will be a concern, and should be on your top ten issues to follow up periodically and keep updated on what's new, experiment.

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