The Evolution of IT Infrastructure: Then vs Now

CIOs should build IT infrastructures for the needs of tomorrow, not today.

Gone are the days where we develop infrastructures with the expectation that it would last 50 years.  IT must be optimised and future-proofed to keep pace with the changes we are experiencing in today’s digital world.

For companies to remain responsive and competitive, expanding into new markets and iterating at a lightning pace means that IT cannot be a laggard. IT must work and scale in tandem with business growth to enable rapid expansion into new markets without waiting to make seismic shifts in the background.

In today’s digital world where we are constantly inundated by new technology, moving onto the cloud is no longer a foreign concept – yet it is met with resistance due to the risk and costs involved.

According to Gartner, today around 10% of enterprise-generated data is created and processed outside a traditional centralized data center or cloud. By 2022, the figure is predicted to reach 50%.

Cloud Vision 2020 survey conducted by LogicMonitor reports that AI and machine learning will be the leading catalysts (67%) that will drive adoption of cloud technologies by the year 2020.

CIOs today need to understand that the move to cloud — if done properly — allows businesses to stop having to staff or run functions of the business that have become unnecessary. In the long-run, cloud adoption allows for businesses to implement digital transformation and drive customer expectations

Executives who do not know how to harness the benefits of the cloud will be left in the dust.

As companies add devices and consume greater volumes of data, the need for flexible infrastructure becomes an imperative. Networks have historically been too complicated, hardware-driven and costly to support rapid change.

Industry leader, Cisco noted that the industry is now geared towards networking based on intelligence, automation, and control from a software layer which means quicker deployment and greater control.

In architecting an effective IT solution, adaptability and agility should be a key design and contracting principle with the costs weighed against the longer-term benefits – better to build flexibility in today than miss the potential of tomorrow.

The expanding digital interconnectedness of our infrastructure brings entire systems within the reach of hackers and CISOs are becoming increasingly important in ensuring the security of IT environments of today. Infrastructures today not only have to prevent threats but be ready to counter them when a threat arises.

According to Gartner, 5.5 million new devices were connected each day in the year 2016, which is likely to increase to 20 billion by the year 2020. The number of connected devices on the cloud raises security concerns, which can be solved only through effective security practices and solutions. It is not a matter of simply employing sophisticated threat prevention software, because they will always get in. It is about how to bounce back from the crisis.

Legacy infrastructure and traditional data center architectures are not sufficient to meet the demands of the digital business. Digital transformation requires IT agility and velocity that outstrips classical architectures and practices.

In 2018, IT will be increasingly tasked with supporting complex, distributed applications using new technologies that are spread across systems in multiple locations, including on-premises data centers, the public cloud and hosting providers. There is no better time than now to ready enterprise IT for digital transformation, contact Acclivis today for a free consultation with our experienced consultants.

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