Gartner Summit 2016 Covered Data Center, Infrastructure and Operations Management

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An important Gartner summit on data centers, infrastructure and operations management — held annually in three locations — recently concluded in London, and revealed new perspectives on how businesses can succeed in the new year.

The core theme of this conference was how enterprise transformation has become the new imperative for data centers, infrastructure and related operations, and this must be driven by the business through new strategies and innovative investments in IT. To achieve this transformation, it will be necessary to deploy more agile models for cloud delivery, as well as the use of containers and micro services to make infrastructure more dynamic and flexible. It also requires that IT work in closer collaboration with business leaders.

Ultimately, data centers and operations must be modernized. They must become ultra-agile, scalable and responsive to change in order to contribute maximum value to the business.

Gartner is renowned for its predictions, and this summit was no exception. Specifically:

  • On-premises data centers will be closed in favor of collocation, cloud or both by 10 percent of organizations by the end of 2018.
  • For 80 percent of enterprises, a common strategy by 2019 will include multiple infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providers, up from 10 percent in 2015.
  • More than 50 percent of organizations that evaluate large-scale data center migrations to cloud-based IaaS will decide to stay with their current provider through 2017.
  • An all-in cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) strategy will be implemented by 55 percent of large enterprises by 2025.

Key Initiatives From the Gartner Summit

To help attendees get the best of the summit, several key initiatives were selected, with sessions mapped to those challenges.

Among those themes were initiatives focused on the elevated role business leaders should play in IT decision making. Related initiatives looked at how organizations can ensure that their network infrastructure supports new business initiatives and how organizations can achieve maximum ROI from the initiatives they undertake. Along a similar business-related theme were sessions examining how to build effective infrastructure and support teams to future-proof their operations.

In the future, data centers will be increasingly virtualized, adopting a software-defined approach to all operations. This will help to transform static IT infrastructures into more dynamic resources, with workloads serviced automatically by the most appropriate resource wherever it resides. This approach will make it easier to use and analyze data more efficiently, as well as to securely integrate mobile services.

Containerization, New Cloud Models and Risk

Moving forward, the use of containers will become commonplace. With containerization, data centers can be built in a more modular fashion on an enterprise scale, allowing the enterprise to add new systems to its existing infrastructure in a plug-and-play manner.

The use of different cloud models was the subject of several sessions as well, focusing on how organizations should consider and integrate cloud services across internal, external and hybrid environments to get the best of all of them.

The Gartner summit would not have been complete without a focus on security and risk management, and multiple sessions delivered on this conversation. These included talks on information-centric security models, the problem of ransomware and the use of DevOps to balance speed and risk within operations and development — bringing business, IT and operations together as a result.

The overarching theme of this summit was change, and the urgency with which it must be done to make data centers, infrastructure and operations more agile and scalable through modernization and cost optimization. It is not just about survival, but the ability to thrive in an industry that changes dynamically every year.

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Fran Howarth

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Fran Howarth is an industry analyst and writer specializing in cybersecurity. She has worked within the security technology sector for more than 25 years in an advisory capacity as an analyst, consultant and writer. Fran focuses on the business needs for security technologies, with a focus on emerging technology sectors. Current areas of focus include... Read More