The term "renaissance" refers to the period when Europe transitioned from the Dark Ages to a more enlightened modern age. The Renaissance was a time when people were eager to embrace new ideas. With inventions like the printing press, the mariner's compass, and the automation of human work by furnaces, mills, and cranes, it sparked a scientific revolution in which science, technology, and culture began a cycle of mutual advancement. In our interviews with IT executives for this report, we noticed a similar mix of technology-driven cultural change, which we refer to as the IT organization's renaissance.
IT organisations in the future will not resemble those in the present. The progression of technologies and products from innovation to industrialization has long been noted by Nuvento Systems.
One of the most common cloud misunderstandings? It makes IT infrastructure less important in some way. The reverse could not be more false. In reality, infrastructure has never been more important to a company's success.
That's because technology has never been more critical in aiding organisations in attaining profitable growth, providing unique experiences, and operating responsibly and sustainably.
Infrastructure is the foundation of today's "always-on" digital enterprise. Cloud is no more just a single, static destination, but an operating paradigm for innovation spanning a continuum of capabilities and technologies—everything from public cloud to smart gadgets, digital factories, and linked vehicles—as explored in our research on the Cloud Continuum.
Infrastructure is the basis that enables businesses to operate this tremendous extension of potential with ease. It provides the computer, network, workstation, and database platform capabilities required to run the business's applications. It also serves as the foundation for creating excellent customer and staff experiences.
We've all heard too many stories about digital corporations losing touch with reality. Companies that have achieved success as a result of their vision, yet with that success has come hubris. Some companies produced products and services that received critical praise, only to fade away as a new upstart emerges with new ideas and dethrones them. It's all the more astonishing when a corporation can pivot and glimpse the future before it's too late, given its history of inevitable failure and being out of touch. Microsoft's recent revival has followed this path, from ancient software maker to out-of-touch hardware producer to now nimble cloud-focused corporation. This has been a long-awaited reinvention that has put the organisation in a very profitable position in the future.
Those cloud products were obviously excellent business models for cloud managed services. However, they were not ideal for enterprises with legacy environments.
The corporation can use cloud technology to reduce time-to-market and focus resources on higher-value tasks. Our cloud migration consultants also assist businesses in reducing IT complexity, increasing productivity, and scaling flexibly in response to changing market needs.
Nuvento is currently in "New Venture" mode, focusing mainly on "Digital Tech" to provide a 360-degree strategy to generate business value for its customers.
We came up with this idea after years of experience delivering effective data and analytics. The majority of data and apps are cloud-based and networked. It would add value to the system by employing automation and artificial intelligence capabilities.
New Infrastructure, new challenges
IT departments, on the other hand, are under increasing pressure as technology evolves and accelerates—and the demands placed on it expand. Their ability to adapt, develop, and compete is being hampered by traditional approaches.
What's different now? Software is consuming the planet, as Marc Andreessen memorably stated. This is especially true in the field of infrastructure engineering. The move to infrastructure-as-code has opened up a world of possibilities for quick and agile innovation.
Enterprises are also realising that "cloud" does not always equal "public cloud." To serve the business's ever-changing demands, the Cloud Continuum requires businesses to dynamically balance public, private, hybrid, co-location, multi-cloud, and edge resources.
Winning businesses design their infrastructure to give them a competitive advantage across a growing range of capabilities.
Consider the fact that today's workspaces and workloads are scattered. Previously, an organization's concern was usually limited to a small number of locations and relationships. Now, more than ever, and especially in light of the pandemic, communication is essential everywhere.
For a large multinational corporation, this might entail hundreds of thousands of new locations that require continuous cloud access, putting a strain on modern enterprise networks. These networks must be able to support a diverse range of business needs while also ensuring seamless, secure communication to data, applications, and platforms.
A renaissance in infrastructure
IT infrastructure has clearly become a much more difficult environment to manage.If you don't change how you architect in that context, you risk creating a "spaghetti soup" of complexity, which can have major real-world ramifications.
Cloud IT performance can deteriorate in the worst-case scenario. Despite the cloud providers' world-class infrastructure, high-quality assets, and more democratised innovation, a company can still struggle to match the level of performance obtained in its on-premises data centre. Why? Because the infrastructure and processes, as well as the talents that support them, can't keep up with emerging digital business demands.
We call it a renaissance in infrastructure because of the necessity to restructure for the cloud. And a renewed understanding of its importance in the modern industry.
Infrastructure's availability, sophistication, and scalability have all improved as a result of this renaissance. Indeed, this is currently the single most important distinction for a digital company. Winning businesses plan their infrastructure to give them a competitive advantage across a wide range of capabilities.
One of the main reasons for the digital natives' massive and disruptive success is because of this. Modern IT infrastructure enables businesses to experiment, build new products, develop new solutions, penetrate new markets, and accomplish things that were previously inconceivable.
Stabilize, Optimize and Transform
How should businesses react to this infrastructure revival? Even if your company isn't ready to go fully cloud, having a contemporary infrastructure is essential. Successful businesses will continue to operate in a more "cloud-like" manner.
But how? Through a three-step stabilise–optimise–transform methodology, Nuvento helps enterprises upgrade their infrastructure at a pace that matches their specific needs.
- It is necessary to first stabilise the existing ecosystem. If you don't, outages and other fire drills will inevitably consume the organization's bandwidth. Automation is critical, especially for faults and errors that occur repeatedly.
- Then you can consider cloud infrastructure optimization. This involves moving the company to an infrastructure as code strategy, which opens the door for DevOps teams to begin speeding up the innovation cycle.
- The transformation stage entails re-architecting the environment and expanding the infrastructure footprint over the Cloud Continuum's breadth. Whether it's public, private, on-premises, or on the edge, the goal is to guarantee that each workload lands in the best possible landing zone.
A renaissance in infrastructure engineering
Of course, it's not just about the infrastructure; it's also about the people, talents, and opportunities that come with it.
The last decade or two has not always been easy for infrastructure engineers. As each portion of the stack was abstracted into the cloud, they had the uneasy feeling that their craft was being eroded.
Companies that take software seriously should also take infrastructure seriously.
Everything has changed. Infrastructure engineers are now at the forefront of building and architecting the new systems that will enable extraordinary experiences. It's also more exciting, iterative, and collaborative because the work is increasingly related to strategic business objectives.
Infrastructure engineering is once again a place to build a long-term career in enterprise IT, thanks to a renewed focus on infrastructure capabilities and hybrid architectures–as long as IT leaders are willing to create the environment and invest in the training infrastructure engineers require to thrive in the future.
It's a significant shift, and one that we at Nuvento have witnessed firsthand. Our company is also participating in the IT infrastructure revolution. We're renewing and modernising our solutions, talents, assets, and relationships as part of our $3 billion investment in Cloud First to assist enterprises address these key needs.
Time to get serious about infrastructure
"People who are really serious about software should develop their own hardware," says Alan Kay, who is often quoted.
The cloud, on the other hand, is rather different. You don't have to build or own your own gear. However, if you want to take advantage of the disruptive prospects presented by the Cloud Continuum and the digital economy, you'll need to redesign it.
As a result, we may say today that firms who are serious about software should also be serious about infrastructure. This includes everyone today that every company is a software company.