Gartner: 10 infrastructure trends you need to know

ORLANDO – Corporate network infrastructure is only going to get more  involved  over the next two to three years as automation, network challenges and hybrid cloud become more integral to the enterprise.

Those were some of the main infrastructure trend themes espoused by Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst David Cappuccio at the research firm’s IT Symposium/XPO here this week.

Cappuccio noted that Gartner’s look at the top infrastructure and operational trends reflect offshoots of technologies – such as cloud computing, automation and networking advances the company’s analysts have talked about many times before.

Gartners “Top Ten Trends Impacting Infrastructure and Operations” list is:

Automation-strategy rethink

Automation has been going on at some level for years, Cappuccio said, but the level of complexity as it is developed and deployed further is what’s becoming confusing.  The amounts and types of automation need to be managed and require a shift to a team development approach led by an automation architect that can be standardized across business units. Cappuccio said.  What would help?  Gartner says by 2025, more than 90 percent of enterprises will have an automation architect, up from less than 20 percent today.

Hybrid IT Impacts Disaster Recovery Confidence

Hybrid IT which includes a mix of data center, SAAS, PAAS, branch offices, edge computing and security services makes it hard to promise enterprise resources will be available or backed-up, Cappuccio said. Overly-simplistic IT disaster recovery plans may only deliver partial success.  By 2021, the root cause of 90 percent of cloud-based availability issues will be the failure to fully use cloud service provider native redundancy capabilities, he said.  Enterprises need to leverage their automation investments and other IT tools to refocus how systems are recovered.

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