Today’s successful enterprises innovate and respond to change faster than their competitors. They deploy new products and services faster, leverage new technologies faster, and respond to marketplace changes faster. They demonstrate business agility.
Information technology departments have made great strides in
supporting business agility. “Agile” software development
methods speed up application delivery. “DevOps” practices
streamline software releases. Virtualization technology allows
application processing to be moved and expanded in minutes.
Mobile technologies give customers and employees new choices
for interacting with applications.
However, some data center technologies have become barriers to flexibility and responsiveness.
Much of the networking and security infrastructure that supports applications remains “hardwired.”
Networking and security devices must be configured individually. Processes to modify configurations and add new devices are slow and laborious. Highly skilled experts are needed to make even small changes.
In fact, in most enterprises today data center agility, or more accurately the lack of it, is a major drag on business agility. Applications themselves have become far more flexible, but many of the promised business advantages cannot be realized while the infrastructure is rigid.
Fortunately, leading-edge technology companies are developing products, methods and standards that support flexible, application-centric infrastructures.