EMC Forum 2014: IT is becoming increasingly hybrid

Businesses are not cutting down, but increasing the amount of applications they use.

The IT industry is undergoing an evolution that is forcing people to think differently about IT infrastructure and how these technologies are built.

A key trend senior vice president and chief technology officer, John Roese, highlights is the hybridisation of IT, chiefly represented by the hybrid Cloud.

“With the advent of the public Cloud, enterprises that had historically built private Clouds suddenly realised there was characteristics of that public Cloud they would like to use,” he said.

“They realised there maybe made some sense in incorporating the public Cloud into their thinking.”

Roese said the typical problem was people did not want a public and private Cloud with “radically different operating models.”

“What we wanted was to use the characteristics of the on- and off-premise infrastructure, and to put it together and support our applications in a seamless and transparent way,” he said.

Beyond the hybridisation of IT, Roese said there is also a “tremendous expansion of complexity and diversity” taking place across almost all layers of the IT stack.

Less becomes more

Today’s applications are not only changing, but Roese is seeing new application sets materialising at a rapid rate the industry never contemplated.

“If you think about your current application sets, there has been a push to reduce the amount of databases and applications, and simplifying IT in the process,” he said.

“However, we’ve transformed to an era where people have given up on it.”

Roese admits many companies would like to have fewer applications, though CIO’s are unable to do their job if they are only allowed 100 apps and there is no more space left to mobilise the workforce.

“Businesses want what they want, and in many cases, that results in returning to an era of more applications,” he said.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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