“Star Trek Beyond” and the Future of IT Infrastructure

A fan of all things tech, I was checking out the movie reviews for “Star Trek Beyond” and came across the review in the Chicago Tribune.

“Things have started to feel a little … episodic,” acknowledges the commander of the USS Enterprise in his famous captain’s log, three long years into a five-year 23rd century gig.

The amusing line is an obvious nod to previous movies, but it made me think about other episodic events (like 1,000 unexplained infrastructure events) that aren’t so funny and what the future may hold for IT Infrastructure services and solutions on a broad scale. Here are a few things which I think are definitely in the works:

  • Enterprises will take a more services-centric view.
  • Which means, enterprises won’t be managing infrastructure from an operational and service delivery perspective, but will essentially acquire it (infrastructure) as services.
  • Fewer bodies will be needed for maintenance, enhancements and operations and there will be a maturing of roles and technologies focusing on ITIL-like processes.
  • IT’s job will be to define the level of performance expected from service providers and be able to demonstrate that they’re in fact meeting those performance levels — but not necessarily doing the management and monitoring itself.

All of the above will then need a monitoring tool to manage all of these different services.

Although many companies say they can aggregate between all of the different applications and services to provide one view of your entire IT infrastructure, I notice too few companies implementing such a tool. Related to one view of your entire IT infrastructure, check out our whitepaper on how Optanix helps to deliver IT service predictability. And, with cloud computing, this has never been more important because the different components that make up a single IT service can reside in a number of places.

Whether it’s the enterprise’s data center and in a private cloud, or a hybrid cloud with a web front-end for an application which is then hosted by the public Amazon cloud; you have to have a way to meet service levels and manage performance of your services and applications. If you would like to stay up to date on my latest views and information from Optanix, sign up for our blog.

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