When technology improves beyond a certain stage, it results in something being done not only differently or better, but also with totally different methods. For example, we didn’t graduate to faster and bigger floppy disks when hard drives went from megabytes to gigabytes. Instead, we abandoned floppies altogether and memory sticks became the preferred method of toting data around between computers.
According to one source, a similar problem is happening with many enterprises when it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) installations. As its name suggests, VDI is supposed to liberate IT departments from worrying about building physical infrastructure to deploy it. Yet many IT departments spend considerable time building infrastructure for it, attempting to deploy a technology that is at its best in the cloud, with very un-cloud-like techniques.
This deprives enterprises of the agility that the cloud has to offer. Modern businesses should examine their needs first and choose the technology that best satisfies those needs—not the other way around. Since such needs change quickly, technology has to allow the tools enterprises use to change with it and much faster than it did in the ‘old’ days. It does no good to purchase tools if you don’t use them, or if they aren’t right for the job.
One significant trend in enterprise IT is a movement towards simpler systems that are both vendor and platform agnostic. These solutions focus on more critical needs and another benefit that clouds offer. When you use software as a service, you can do so in a pay as you go format that gives an IT department the flexibility to change the software it uses as its needs change. You aren’t married to a particular hardware platform, because either the hardware has become more generic, or software is handling some of that capability now. It means fewer integration issues trying to get all these disparate components and hardware to work together.
These changes are signs of an IT world that does not simply take the old ways of doing things and do them faster. IT is changing completely from an environment that was once committed to specific platforms to cloud technology that is more flexible and that finally adapts to business needs.