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Why 59% of IT leaders see data centre infrastructure automation as an urgent priority.

In a tech world dominated by public cloud, it’s easy to forget there are many organisations with large on-premise or private cloud estates, which will be around for the foreseeable future and beyond.

This can be for lots of reasons:

  • Data sovereignty and increasing regulatory demands
  • Large custom-built critical applications with architecture that’s just not cloud-compatible
  • Data residency for possible latency concerns
  • Security or legal concerns…. 

… and more

No wonder 59% of IT leaders put data centre infrastructure automation in their top 3 most urgent priorities, according to Gartner's I&O Leaders Survey:

Graph - Automation priorities - Gartner 2021 I&O Leaders Survey

Organisations in this boat face the same challenges and evolving customer expectations as others who might be modernising their tech ecosystem with public cloud, automation and more. But in reality, the challenges can be even hairier - with complex on-prem estates becoming more and more difficult to manage, made worse by tool sprawl, complexity and skills shortages. 

So, is a ‘cloud-like’ experience for on-prem possible?

Getting your arms around your on-prem (and wider) estate in an end-to-end way is tough - and doing the things that cloud ‘as-a-service’ can do well - scale, burst, flex, automate and more - well, it’s pretty much the impossible dream. 

There is good news though; there are new and innovative approaches that will allow you to modernise, automate and orchestrate across your on-premise estates… to such an extent you benefit from the complete ‘cloud like experience’, but for on-prem. Approaches that take a whole environment view, complementing and integrating with your existing tooling investments. 

Short answer…YES.

Yes, it is possible for you to have it all with ‘Environment as a Service’. Underpinned by ‘environment-as-code’ (Eac), EaC builds on and elevates good old infrastructure-as-code to a consistent and declarative way of defining and managing entire on-prem environments. 

Using this empowers infrastructure and operations teams to easily codify the following into reusable blueprints:facets of Environment as code

- best practices, 

- policies, 

- runbooks, 

- configuration, 

- resilience, and more.

This approach enables teams to effectively create composable design-time and consistent run-time models for the entire on-prem (or wider) environment. And these models are even able to autonomically manage, anticipate, monitor, respond and restore using sensors and effectors. 

Don't wait for the cloud to start automating, and modernising 

This is a game-changer for automating on-prem environments; modernising in line with cloud, and delivering ‘super automation’ for on-prem in a way never thought possible. Not only this, but it’s a massive leap forward towards autonomic operational models, zero touch operations and continuous resilience. 

Explore 7 ways automation can cut costs and drive value ⬇️⬇️

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