Every business manages a complex set of existing and new applications; and supporting these effectively will always be a core priority for any IT team. These apps have a unique value to the business, whether they have been running a core function for decades or supporting a new idea that is still being developed.
But each comes with specific performance, reliability, security and capability requirements. Every IT team is constantly evaluating the best way to deliver all of that while also enabling developers to deliver new and more powerful applications as quickly as possible. As a result, businesses are investing in a combination of initiatives to give each of these apps what they need to be a success, aligned to their business value.
Data Centre Modernisation
There are still big opportunities in the data centre to improve capacity, efficiency and operations. While most of the world is virtualised, organisations can extend proven concepts across storage and networking to create a complete software-defined data centre (SDDC). Evolving this core infrastructure unlocks significant gains in efficiency for the management and operation of on-prem systems. A modernised data centre supports an end-to-end cloud strategy more efficiently, enabling IT to operate a true hybrid model.
Extend to Hybrid Cloud
In the past, businesses that wanted to extend from the data centre to the cloud endured complex, time-consuming and costly efforts to refactor applications for the public cloud. Today’s hybrid offerings aim to reshape this model, delivering consistent infrastructure and management from the corporate data centre to the cloud to the edge. By standardising the environment in a way already proven by large enterprises, organisations can freely extend beyond the data centre, migrating applications easily and leveraging the Public Cloud for disaster recovery, scale-out requirements and geo expansion. Significant for organisations who are unable to rebuild or refactor a legacy app, this model invests further into the skills, tools, processes and teams already have in place, bringing new value to these resources without wasting time or budget.
As the complexity of an application grows, so do the expectations of the organisation or end-users. This brings a greater dependency on automation and intelligent systems to maintain optimal performance. Despite significant gains in productivity due to IT automation, IT teams continue to struggle to dedicate resource for innovation. The need for intelligent automation grows alongside cloud expansion, for example, the introduction of cloud-native apps and the more complex services that come with them.
As applications scale between the data centre and cloud, the potential attack surface expands dramatically, and security becomes more complex. IT teams try to bolt-on tools to secure their applications, but surveys show that they are struggling to set consistent policies. The only solution is to embed security within the infrastructure so IT can apply policies around the applications and not the infrastructure. This allows security to scale more easily alongside the application.
Deliver Modern Apps
Organisations are dealing with a rapid proliferation of applications. Further complexity comes from frameworks like Kubernetes, which join virtual machines as mainstream application nodes, new capabilities, such as machine learning, and data requirements. All this makes innovation possible, but organisations must find ways to harness it without adding complexity or risk.