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Why centralized cloud isn't the end state

Why centralized cloud isn't the end state

 

The IT pendulum swings back and forth fairly reliably between centralized and distributed. Just when you think that everything will be distributed, we find economic reasons to centralize. And before we have moved everything to the middle, we find that there are optimizations to be made by distributing. 
 
 
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Who is in control of enterprise networking transformations?

Who is in control of enterprise networking transformations?

It’s fairly well established at this point that enterprise networking is going to go through a transformation of sorts in most companies. Whether that transformation is best described as an architectural step-function change, or a couple of nuanced tweaks is an interesting question. And the answer is probably not going to be wholly dependent on the intentions of the networking team.

 
 
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Data center equipment criteria: Graceful evolution

Data center equipment criteria: Graceful evolution

As industries mature and their solutions become more hardened, evaluation criteria will naturally change. Data center equipment used to be judged on overall performance and a feature support matrix that included nerd knobs galore. With virtually every enterprise-grade switching solution having the same basic features now, how people think about data center equipment is changing. 

 
 
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Roll back or roll forward: How to tell if you are really looking for DevOps

Roll back or roll forward: How to tell if you are really looking for DevOps

A lot of companies look at what the major cloud and XaaS providers are doing with their operations and develop some form of cloud envy. They dream of a highly automated infrastructure capable of making lots of changes at a moment’s notice. Their CFOs envision a lean workforce capable of supporting thousands of devices with a small number of generalist resources. Indeed, the vision of a more efficient, more agile IT is quite enticing. 

 
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The biggest thing enterprises can do to be more cloud-like

The biggest thing enterprises can do to be more cloud-like

The rate of technology introduction in IT is faster than ever. And it’s accelerating. With each new technology comes an associated hype cycle, leaving enterprises fatigued with how to manage everything. To make things worse, there is a bit of Keeping Up with the Joneses. But in the case of enterprise IT, companies aren’t comparing themselves to members of their peer group.

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Learning how to run IT from the US CIO: Ride the Wave

Learning how to run IT from the US CIO: Ride the Wave

 

IT is a cost center. We have to divert money from critical business functions to keep it alive. We need more cost controls so that more of our spend can go towards core activities. We need to control our own destiny, so we can’t have dependencies with IT. If only IT would hire smarter engineers, we could actually get things done. We should just hire a Shadow IT team.
 
 
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