The business landscape has changed in recent years. We now live in an idea economy, in which the success or failure of a business is determined by its ability to convert new ideas into market-ready products and services faster than competitors. Disruption is constant, and customer expectations are higher than ever. Operational speed is key to surviving and thriving in this new environment, but it’s an attribute that many traditional-style IT departments struggle to achieve.
IT needs to go from anchor to engine, to use a nautical metaphor. And that calls for some careful thinking about infrastructure.
The public cloud can effectively outsource some data center workloads, but significant security, compliance and data control issues make a complete reliance on cloud an unattractive option for many organizations. What kind of on-premises infrastructure would enable the IT ship to really pick up some hull speed – to move at the speed of cloud?
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