After 50 years of evolution, data is finally free!

For 50 years, much of the attention of IT leaders has been devoted to developing applications running in data centers, in other words, in physical containers. These centers have obviously evolved over the decades and new practices. The miniaturization of computers, the increase in the perfomance of networks and their spreading (Internet) have been engines of change and evolution. A turning point in the early 2000s was the beginning of large-scale virtualization. Although invented in the early 60’s, the American company VMware has really propelled this technology. Since then, IT is no longer the same. The product of this mini revolution is the transition from an IT world of physical containers to that of virtual, logical containers. It is no longer the physical location of the servers that counts, but their mobility.

The mobility of servers, the ease of deployment, the maturation of the Internet, the arrival of companies like Google and Facebook and many other factors have led to the birth of what is now called cloud computing. This elastic, ever-changing digital universe of virtual servers interconnected by secure virtual networks has become the new frontier, a form of global container that where applications are run in an exploded mode. This transformation obviously required new IT practices in a host of areas to deal with this changing world.

For a few years, this digital universe was the new data center model to which everyone had to turn: you had to go to the cloud. Many said it was a matter of reinventing themselves to stay competitive. However, we had to realize that this model was not for everyone, and therefore create a new one, a variant, called the hybrid cloud. This variation borrows the same characteristics, but the scale of its adoption is more targeted for the specific needs of the company. It represent a bridge between public and private cloud computing. This is the new balance, the new model that is based on the renewed agility of IT.

The high mobility of containers, the new agility of IT means that traditional technological barriers seem to have dissipated for good. If concerns for the physical field of IT are no longer on the agenda, what is left? The data.

The data is finally released, and this at a crucial moment. Indeed, production of data continues to accelerate. The modes of consumption of this data are multiplying (big data, machine data, deep learning, artificial intelligence, etc.) The commercial, economic and even political contexts increase our dependence on these massive amounts of data. IT must embrace a new data-centric vision as the only valuable asset. And it is here that the commercial message of IT organizations becomes important.

We believe that your vendor partners must have a strategy that focuses on data mobility. Technological choices must aim to reduce if not eliminate all the constraints preventing this mobility, it is an essential question to remain agile and opportunist. Technology comes and goes, but from one wave to another, from one mode to another, what’s left is data. The rest is only ephemeral.


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