Donna Taylor is an industry analyst from the firm Neuralytix
Allowing your legacy IT infrastructure to dictate (or even guide) your future IT purchasing decisions is a bit like the tail wagging the dog. Historically, those considering a different path have often taken a public cloud approach due to the benefits, such as fractional consumption, ease of provisioning and scaling, and predictable costs, that could be gained with these delivery models. However, the foundational on-premises IT infrastructure remained largely the same. This happened for a number of reasons. First, architecture didn’t exist that would allow the same level of flexibility onsite that could be had in the public cloud. Second, end-users were resistant to forklift upgrades and the costs associated with them. Third, the risk to business continuity due to disruption was also of concern to organizations. Therefore, companies often had the IT purchasing mindset that leashed/chained them to further buying traditional IT infrastructures.
The complexity of trying to integrate disparate systems and equipment from different vendors (all in an effort to buy best-in-breed or to avoid vendor lock-in) became overwhelming, time-consuming, & often didn’t function the way they’d hoped or envisioned. So, in essence, fears of vendor lock-in were largely overstated and, in fact, illusory, because organizations were already locked-in (just in a different way) to a legacy architecture approach. With the ever widening gap between business demands to rollout new applications and services quickly and the slow cadence of provisioning new infrastructure with old architecture, CIOs and their staff were forced to consider better options.
The emerging vision for a software-defined, versus “hard-wired,” data center (SDDC), coupled with the flexibility and rapid deployment of hyper-converged systems, the proven success of scale-out architectures, and the price decline of flash memory now allow companies to realize the benefits of the public cloud , but do so on-premises where businesses can retain control. Now customers can have the best of both worlds…the ability to meet business demands for rapid application deployment, while mitigating risks associated with data security and latency concerns. And, this can all be achieved while maintaining the governance and control of the data.
CIOs with a holistic strategic plan for their organizations don’t yet realize that they are increasingly becoming the “market-makers” by adopting and deploying game-changing infrastructures that enable them to lead and drive the business instead of simply managing the costs of IT. And, for a change…the dog is finally wagging the tail.