With the commoditization of hardware, the capabilities of cloud offerings and the demands to increase agility, CIOs and infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders are expanding their footprints in the data center and are leveraging technologies such as automation, hybrid cloud and containers to drive digital transformation. This is easier said than done.
“ I&O teams should consider implementing automation and orchestration to maximize agility”
“IT will be increasingly tasked with supporting complex, distributed applications using new technology across various platforms. Successful organizations navigate this change by expanding existing skill sets and collaborating with other teams in the IT organization,” says Simon Richard, director at Gartner. Although there is no secret recipe or playbook, Gartner has uncovered best practices IT leaders and the teams they lead need to embrace to make the digital transition successful.
I&O teams should consider implementing automation and orchestration to maximize agility. In particular, the democratization of infrastructure APIs is creating an opportunity for IT professionals to take a pragmatic approach to infrastructure management.
“As early as possible, design for software-defined, API-driven infrastructure,” says Richard. “New products and services should all allow for automation from a new generation of management tools. Start applying orchestration in the context of application provisioning where possible instead of automating components without context.”