IT infrastructure transformation is increasingly all about cloud, prompting vendors to develop management platforms providing visibility and control across on- and off-premises IT environments. Containers, which play a role in facilitating application portability, can help organizations better leverage internal and external IT environments.
Increasingly orchestrated, automated and developer-friendly ecosystems pull public clouds closer to on-premises environments, thus enabling the goal of seamless hybrid IT.
The server landscape is changing. Use of hardware accelerators (GPU, ASIC, FPGA, etc.) is enabling a new, more flexible range of on-premises server use cases, including big-data analysis and SQL database calculations. When integrated into a larger hybrid IT approach, these capabilities reinforce the importance (and uptake) of on-premises server deployment.
An October survey of 710 members of the 451 Alliance looks at some of these trends and the ways in which they affect IT infrastructure management decision-making.