Modern enterprises participating in the Application Economy compete with one another through the capabilities of their business applications—mobile and web-based, business to consumer and business to business. The rapid pace of innovation and deployment in the application economy puts pressure on IT infrastructure teams because they are expected to keep pace with the needs of developers creating and iteratively updating these applications driven by customers’ needs.
It is rare when the future of virtually anything is completely divorced from its present. But that is the case with enterprise data centers. Looking at how mainstream enterprise data centers will evolve—both in the near and medium term—it’s important to understand that progress will be evolutionary. Despite every technologist’s preference, pragmatism dictates that our ties to the past will not be completely severed.
Today’s enterprises make use of applications and services that live on-premises, in public clouds and even in edge data centers. IT has entered the multicloud era and connecting the modern enterprise isn’t easy.
Despite all of the recent talk of automation, it’s hard to argue that operations is little more than an afterthought for most enterprise networks. It’s not that operations aren’t important. It’s just something that needs to be figured out after the architecture has been determined.