Why it’s time for something new

By Paul Redmond, Director of Product Management, iQuate

A sneak peek of our new IT Universe user interface

According to new data from CBRE, data centers in the U.S. have already experienced more than $18.2 billion of investment this year. That’s more investment than any previous year. IDC research indicates that more than 90% of enterprise-scale organizations plan to make use of multiple clouds the next several years.

Why is this happening? It’s because data centers drive and are driven by an IT revolution that you’re probably very familiar with–the cloud. Data centers power the rapid data exchanges that underpin cloud superheroes like Netflix, Amazon and, yes, self-driving cars.

Today, other companies that didn’t originate in the cloud are moving their data centers to the cloud faster than ever to reap the benefits of fast, agile and adaptable cloud technology. The promise of cloud is to only pay only for what you use and can make changes immediately to accommodate upticks in data transfer, storage—anything.

More Questions Than Answers

To get there, non-cloud native organizations are implementing a rich mix of IT, building hybrid cloud estates that combine legacy, on-premises assets together with both public and private cloud resources. This approach is revolutionary, and successful, but it comes at a price—increased complexity and real challenges in infrastructure management.  When companies start to evolve existing infrastructure, they’re faced with decisions that require complete, detailed information.

What services do we move to cloud resources? How do we discover everything we already have in our estate without massive manual effort? How do we map these resources to services effectively? How do we move these assets and still maintain critical functionality during the process? Finally, how do we manage all this complexity as we move and once we’ve transformed? Can we manage our legacy applications and services leveraging cloud practices?

To answer these questions, companies can no longer rely on legacy discovery and service mapping approaches. They need automated discovery with the ability to see both top-down and bottom-up across their hybrid cloud estates. They need to be able to discover what they would miss using manual methods—rapidly. They need an approach that changes the whole game by using cloud resources to manage the inherent complexities of managing data centers and services moving to the cloud.

That’s why it’s time for discovery and service mapping version 2.0.

In the following three-part series of blogs, I’ll describe how this 2.0 approach works and present some real-world examples of what it means for IT and business. I encourage you to participate in this discussion. Engage with us. Ask questions and share your challenges.

Welcome to a smarter cloud journey. Welcome to iQCloud. – Paul R.