Earlier this month, we attended Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. We spoke with hundreds of attendees and had the opportunity to attend many motivating and exciting sessions. One session that we found particularly thought-provoking, the Gartner Keynote, Applications and Infrastructure and Operations: When Worlds Collide, focused on the idea of change in organizations—mainly changes occurring in the form of bimodal approaches and DevOps initiatives. The keynote utilized the hashtag #changeisthegame to stimulate conversations on social media about the session, and this inspired us to talk about the importance of DevOps in today’s organizations and highlight the key role that automation can play in these initiatives.
Most IT departments spend a lot of time, energy, and money protecting data from network threats or malware, yet they often fail to protect against the risk of a stranger (or an employee) simply walking into an unsecured data center or server room. If you just glanced over to your unlocked, ajar data center door, we’re looking at you buddy.
Growing Need for Workload Automation
Back in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that the working week would be cut to 15 hours as technology advanced and living standards rose. But despite the technological innovation over the past 85 years, people are working longer hours and taking fewer vacations than ever before.
Similarly, despite the advances made in the computing industry, IT is more pressed for time than ever before. The sheer number of technologies, applications, and products that IT organizations must maintain and update has surged over the years. In fact, according to research by Gartner, most large organizations have more than three workload automation tools implemented in their environment.
Last month I had the pleasure seeing Don Duet, Co-Head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, give a keynote presentation at the Gartner Data Center conference regarding the company’s data center strategy. As the global investment firm looks to commoditize an array of new digitalized services and products to its multinational workforce, the data center is being asked to increase agility while mitigating risk in the fluid, and sometimes volatile, world of investment banking.
In the past twelve months we continue to witness the evolution of IT into something bigger, faster and more adaptable than we could have ever imagined. IT automation is no exception to this rule and will continue to become more nimble in order to satisfy the accelerating pace of business and the resulting demands of IT. Workload automation vendors will continue to respond to these demands in 2014. Here are the top 5 trends we see reshaping our marketplace: