Call it software-defined anything (SDx): infrastructure, servers, storage, data center and networks. Why do we need them? That's what we will explore in our #CIOchat this week from 2-3 p.m. ET Thursday.
Software-defined data centers (SDDC) promise to simplify their namesake and make them more agile and automated. The idea is to move away from an emphasis on hardware to a world based on software and open standards. SDDC and more broadly, SDx, trade inflexibility for agility and speed.
Security may not get the dollars it deserves in 2015, but with a few costly and very public hacks his year, it's gaining mindshare. That was the conclusion from our #CIOchat last Thursday on digital technology spending in the new year.
Just ask Target where the cost of the 40 million strong credit card hack was estimated at $200 million. A disaster like that will get the attention of any CEO or board right quick.
As an aside, I got dinged for using the term "digital" because as one Tweep said, it's "so 90s." I only used it to distinguish the type of technology.
While legal and technical aspects of the cloud journey are important, the first consideration is what will run on that cloud.
Recently, I was presenting to the IT strategy team of a large enterprise. I talked about the journey to cloud, what are the things you should review and what decisions should you take. Very quickly, the discussion boiled down to technology and legal aspects.
A good year ago I was in Quebec, and let me disclose something here … speaking French, I’m really welcome out there. We had a wonderful time. One of the customers we met was a local bank. Their IT team wanted to experiment with cloud and we convinced them that cloud enabling their development environment made a lot of sense.
Over the last couple months, the same discussion keeps popping up over and over again. It started last August at a cloud introduction workshop I ran for an insurance company. I talked about the need to manage the service portfolio and highlighted the importance of a proper governance between business and IT. One of the attendees complained that the business had no understanding of the cost associated with the development of new services.
Our world is increasingly becoming digital, I’ve already discussed this often on this blog. Mobility, social, big data and cloud are coming together to form a new style of IT and disrupt the status quo. The way technology is consumed, delivered and paid for is changing fundamentally. Some call this a “tectonic shift”.