Managing your infrastructure
The next paradigm shift…
Is virtualisation the mainframe of the 21st Century or is it the stepping stone to Cloudbased service delivery which will take up this mantle over the next couple of years? NCC's own research over the past 12 months has highlighted the surge of interest in virtualisation from storage to servers and now shifting emphasis to the desktop. And we witness from all the demonstrations and the testimonials today that there are no applications that can’t be operated from within a virtualised environment…
All companies should be asking, not why should we virtualise this application, but why shouldn't we virtualise it?
After all the dust has settled (on a very difficult year for most business sectors) we will be better organised with technology at the heart of the modern business. Beyond all the hype and the bluster – most analysts and customers recognise that a new way has emerged out of the challenge to do more with less… but that has required that we can only do more, if we do it differently.
Most organisations will inevitably move towards cloud-based delivery of at least some aspects of their infrastructure over the next two years… Realistically, this will hinge on the maturity of internal clouds… And although current adoption is currently less than 8% of mid tier to large enterprises, and indeed most of the vendors are only just beginning to provide the tools necessary to build them, we will see a shift next year.
Not forgetting that perhaps the biggest challenge is that most enterprises are not ready to deploy internal clouds. You have to be culturally and behaviourally ready to share resources and information across business units. Most enterprises are nowhere near ready.
The last issue of the year has a focus on infrastructure challenges – we plot the renaissance of thin client on the back of the tide of virtualisation technologies, we look at business intelligence rationalisation and continue to develop our theme of driving value from information . And finally, Martin Rice, CEO of Erudine, reflects at the end of the first decade of the new Millennium on some of the mistakes of the noughties!
To close we expose the time bomb of workforce demographics if you do nothing else between now and Xmas, map your workforce demographics against your critical skills requirements for the future… this isn’t for the feint hearted… realising when this might start to impact your business might spoil your Christmas…
Best wishes for Xmas and a prosperous 2010.
(ITadviser, Issue 60, Winter 2009)
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