Even as the enterprise industry migrates to the cloud, it might be beneficial to examine some of the downsides to the hyperscale trend, particularly the consequences of consolidating resources onto a relatively finite number of physical data centers around the world.
Instead of focusing on broad themes like “digital transformation,” organizations would do better to focus on specific technologies, like containers, and deploy them with clear and measurable goals in mind.
Shadow IT can only remain in the shadows if IT allows it. Providing greater autonomy to users, developers, business units and tech admins will produce a more dynamic, flexible approach to workflow management.
Even as the physical limitations of Moore’s Law come into play, designers are creating new interconnects, interfaces and software constructs to keep the bits flowing, and even coming up with new structural technologies.
Multi-cloud architectures are expected to make a big play in the coming year. By distributing data and apps across varied infrastructure, the enterprise can tailor resources to the appropriate workload and reduce the risk of stranding workloads in cloud-based silos.
The micro data center is by no means intended to replace enterprise or even cloud-based infrastructure, but will serve more as an adjunct to legacy facilities to service the unique data needs of the connected world.
With the increased prevalence of open source solutions in the IT market, there is also an accelerated trend toward greater automation and intelligent management that might remove the headaches that accompany open architectures.
The complex, costly data center behemoth that has served as a necessary evil for so long is now ripe for a significant makeover, but exactly what form it will assume going forward is still an open question.
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