This article by Customer-1 Director Stan Cox originally appeared on the NetApp blog.
A Gartner Research report recently caught my attention called “The Data Center is Dead, and Digital Infrastructures Emerge.” In the report, Gartner analyst David Cappuccio highlights strategies like prioritizing workload placement, building an ecosystem of visionary partners, investing in talent and training, and leveraging distributed digital infrastructure. All of these are valid for any IT organization.
Yet I couldn’t get past the title. Is the data center dead?
Not in my opinion. I look at data centers differently and how they have matured like the stages of human development. Data centers have grown from simplistic infants to complicated adolescents to matured adults.