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    3 directives to IT leaders (overheard at GartnerIO)

    Authored by: Gary Smerdon



    We attended the Gartner Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference (IOCS) in Las Vegas last week, where we were a platinum sponsor. The Gartner IOCS conference has become the go-to event for IT leaders with over 3,000 attendees from around the globe.  Here a broad range of critical topics are addressed to help guide IT executives on how to deliver the most value to their organizations.   

    For those IT professionals, Gartner analysts offered some sage advice. In the opening keynote speeches, they made clear that CIOs and their teams need to make investments in three areas if they hope to maximize the value of their rapidly growing data and remain competitive in a fast-moving world.

    To achieve those things, Gartner analysts insist, enterprises must invest in solutions that are:

    1. Programmable. Fixed, inflexible technologies are relics of the past. Old ways of approaching infrastructure – procuring servers for specific applications, replicating multiple costly engineered systems for mirroring and high availability, etc. – are proving too rigid and expensive to accommodate today’s growing and unpredictable workloads. To outfit datacenters to meet modern demands, Gartner advises enabling programmable infrastructure by prioritizing software-driven technologies vs. rigid proprietary appliances.

    2. Modular. It’s hard to imagine that single-vendor, monolithic solutions still are even viable options in today’s dynamic IT landscape. For instance, when it comes to determining what you will need to accommodate a growing in-memory database environment, who has several months to size the system so you’ll have enough capacity to handle workloads three years from now, plus several months more to acquire an engineered, single-vendor solution, and finally several months more to deploy the thing? Yet in fact, systems like these are very commonly deployed, particularly for Oracle and SAP HANA environments. But rather than looking for single-vendor solutions, Gartner IOCS attendees were challenged to place multiple, smaller bets on emerging technologies and vendors, rather than betting everything on the single vendor. For those needing database machines capable of scaling on demand, attractive alternatives do exist.

    3. Intelligent. The demands on IT and the need to maximize the value of data are moving too quickly for enterprises to rely on traditional infrastructure orchestration techniques. New technologies, including artificial intelligence (and the machine learning algorithms that enable it), open the door for creating intelligent infrastructure that’s smart enough to adjust to workflows as they are changing. The result is a datacenter (on premise, in the cloud, or both) that’s fluid, scalable and responsive—and exactly what modern enterprises need. One real-life example from Gartner IOCS is Mohawk Industries, the $10 billion world leader in flooring products whose Global CIO explained to attendees how his Fortune 500 firm has derived greater business value from their data while finding a way to cut server infrastructure costs in half.

    Achieving the infrastructure Gartner analysts recommend might be easier than you think. Read this paper featuring research from Gartner to learn how Gartner’s own vision for intelligent infrastructure reflects these learnings from Gartner IOCS—and how TidalScale Software-Defined Servers complete it.


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