It will probably be a while before the enterprise can perfect the transition from development to production, but once in place this new container ecosystem will mark the beginning of an entirely new generation of enterprise data services.
Solid-state disks (SSDs) continue to show remarkable flexibility when it comes to design features and form factors, leading many enterprises to wonder whether traditional spinning media has a future in the data center after all.
The cloud only holds about a fifth of the total enterprise workload, which means there is still time for the enterprise to suddenly decide that the risks are not worth the rewards and start pulling data and applications back to legacy infrastructure.
Understanding the myriad ways in which HCI will alter the data environment, both on the systems and operational levels, goes a long way toward ensuring that the changes it brings will be positive ones.
Whatever data environment you wind up with will be the right one as long as it has been designed to meet the needs of business, not simply to employ whatever technology happens to be rising in the hype cycle.
It’s somewhat ironic that in an age when software-defined architectures are fueling demand for generic commodity hardware, specialized hardware optimized for key workloads is hitting the channel as well.
Multiple clouds may require more work up front, and on the management side, but it’s worth it to know that, barring a truly catastrophic event, there should always be resources available when you need them.
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