On-premise, in the Cloud, co-located, or a combination of all three? Our IT Infrastructures are now more disparate than ever and yet the goal remains the same, managing them as single entities. Factoring in Infrastructure of varying ages, vendors, alongside shadow IT lurking in the dark recesses of our institutions, this becomes ever more challenging.
Reports of the death of the on- premise data centre may have been greatly exaggerated, but the proliferation of different types of infrastructure in likely disparate geographical locations is very real. As a result, our own Infrastructure Teams now need to work in more agile and mobile ways, with DevOps and infrastructure-as-code being the new norm. How can we manage it all effectively, ensuring that we can support the digital services our own institutions rely on? Can we achieve the panacea of a single management interface? What about the challenges our infrastructure teams face in developing, implementing and managing these technologies?