Complexity – The Killer of Agility?

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I’ve said a few times that the data center of today isn’t the data center of yesterday nor is it the data center of tomorrow. In fact, in “The Data Center of Tomorrow” I wrote that the: “data center will be a combination of internal and external systems that combine to create an agile, efficient […]

Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

IT Agility Key to Survival?

I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. I truly believe the future of IT (and the business) requires that those of us in IT rethink how and what we deliver to our organizations. While reading a white paper titled “Agile IT Empowers Business Success”, I ran across an intriguing […]

Everything As A Service

Everything-as-a-service

It seems like every article you read about technology today includes a service delivered in an ‘-As-A-Service’ approach. We have an abundance of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS), Communications-As-A-Service (CaaS), Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) and many other X-aaS systems/platforms. In fact, XaaS is being used to denote the ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ mentality. The ‘Everything-As-A-Service’ approach is one that makes a […]

What is the Cloud…Really?

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I read a lot of blogs and articles talking about the cloud. Many of these articles try to go really deep into the technology stack found within the cloud while others try to keep the discussions at a very high level. While reading some of these articles, I realized that there is rarely a basic […]

A Primary Goal of an Agile Data Center – Portability

Data Center Portability

If you ask one hundred people (or companies) what it means to have an agile data center, you’ll most likely get a large number of diverse answers. While you’ll most likely hear different answers from different people, I think many of those answers would fall into line with what I wrote in “The Right Services […]

Disaster Recovery and the Agile Data Center

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If there was one time that a data center and an IT group absolutely need to be agile, it would be the time immediately after a disaster strikes. Disaster recovery planning is a challenge for every organization. The challenge doesn’t come from understanding the ‘what’ of disaster recovery; everyone knows what should be done to […]

The IT Group as Cost Center – Or Innovation Center?

Cost Center

Mark Thiele published a post recently titled “Why we Value IT Incorrectly – Innovation vs Cost Center.”  You should go read it. If you don’t follow Mark’s writing on his blog or twitter, you should…he has some great insights into IT , IT leadership, the data center and many other aspects of the IT group.. […]

Use Cases for the Cloud

Cloud Use Cases

If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years.   Buzzwords are created when a term is overused, and the cloud has been overused quite a bit in many organizations. […]

An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Agile Employees

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference.   Those that don’t respond in the affirmative toward agility are most likely running a dying business or are just out of sync with their industry and their […]

The Right Services in the Right Way

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I’ve written a bit about the agile data center lately. I’ve previously defined the agile data center as something that “allows organizations to efficiently and effectively add, remove and change services at the speed of the business, not the speed of technology.” I still stand by that definition but I wanted to expand on it […]

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