Industry Expertise: IT Trends Transforming Infrastructure Management

The cloud and hybrid IT bring flexibility to infrastructure management
The use of the cloud as part of a cloud-first or hybrid IT strategy increases the complexity of infrastructures. With the cloud shift, its components become more dynamic, volatile and short-lived. While this means the amount of information about the infrastructure grows, the validity of the information decreases. Infrastructure managers need to adopt an integrated documentation solution for greater transparency into these complex infrastructures.

Function as a service comes into focus as infrastructures recede into the background
An important trend in the coming years is the further development of cloud offerings from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) to complete functional offerings such as Software as a Service (SaaS) and Function as a Service (FaaS). As a result, infrastructure managers will shift their focus from the computing power and its components (server, storage, databases) to the function and business benefits.

5G on campus and mobile connectivity require dynamic network infrastructures
Networking with the 5G cellular standard is becoming more and more relevant for the IoT and Industry 4.0. In 2021, the first “test factory locations” will be expanded to include production. In order to achieve the necessary 5G connectivity with high bandwidths and short latency times, the focus is on expanding the network, antenna and radio mast infrastructures.

Intelligent, adaptive and mobile workplace services are increasing
Millions of companies have had to support home office workspaces to keep operations running smoothly and maintain productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to reduce the workload for IT department and service managers when setting up new remote workplaces and services, companies will increasingly rely on mobile workplace services and, for example, introduce service catalogs that offer a broader spectrum of flexibility with an increased range of cloud-based service options. In the light of disrupted supply chains, concepts like “purchase-your-own-device” for remote subsidiaries meet the need for centralized IT to still roll out standardized configurations of software and security measures. In this context, reliable IT documentation remains important as it enables components and processes to be grouped into standardized services, which can then be largely automated using workflow management and integrated order management.

The Author Matthias Gromann, Head of Business Line Enterprise IT Solutions at FNT Software, discussed the current IT trends that are transforming infrastructure management in detail for Mission Critical Magazine. Read the full article here.

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