The infrastructure part of the IT landscape is a crucial foundation for any organization with business technology ambitions. Although increasingly invisible to the naked eye, it needs to provide fast, secure, agile and cost effective access to any data or application service. It simply needs to be delivered anywhere, whether on or off premise, through the cloud or not. And it needs to tap in into a highly connected, always expanding network of people, organizations and things – clearly illustrating why “infostructure” is not a spelling mistake.
The future of infrastructure – like so many final innovation destinies – is to become truly invisible. This means that we can consume infrastructure right from the catalog; we can use pre-defined services and workloads that support us like a truly hassle-free and Lego-style utility, satisfying current and future technology business objectives. Combine it with the incredible richness of data – increasingly through sensors, mobile devices and lots of “things” – and you start to get both the “invisible” and “infostructure” parts of the equation.
The key to an invisible infrastructure is keeping to an “as a service” principle, that covers both the more traditional, as well as cloud-native deployment scenarios. It’s a matter of extending and enhancing existing infrastructure-related capabilities to define, design and build an infrastructure services catalog. This catalog should be suitable to be delivered through a genuine retail-level experience, fit to be consumed by any organizational unit.
This means that any consumer (not just a specialized infrastructure engineer) will be able to create, use, move, expand, contract and delete compute, network and storage capability.
An Invisible Infostructure platform is fully software-driven; the control of the infostructure is fully secure, automated and orchestrated by software. Any hardware configuration, storage provisioning and network configuration is managed through software. Therefore, there is no need to be exposed to complexity anymore, as abstraction and automation will allow for a simpler way of consuming infostructure capabilities, regardless of where it resides.
When you look inside your new Invisible Infostructure, you’re bound to find a well-tuned world of containers, virtual machines, cybersecurity bots, storage, networks and clouds that are being orchestrated and automated along a secure and continuous pipeline of changes. It delivers the speed, availability and reliability needed by technology business in a responsible, secure and environmentally friendly way.
And as we enter the era of “serverless” solutions that do not seem to require any infrastructure at all, the “invisible” part of this cluster becomes very real.
Evolving the IT Infrastructure into the simple, pluggable utility it was always supposed to be.
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