In the world of software-defined everything, the role of infrastructure is shifting dramatically and forcing technical professionals to adapt.
I’ve never been what you might call “handy.” I don’t work on cars, and I’m not good at fixing things around the house.
I think that’s why I was drawn to working with IT infrastructure—I could get my hands dirty without, well, getting them dirty.
There was just something visceral about putting my hands on a piece of computer or network hardware and making it work.
For me, those days are long past. The big question today, however, is if they will soon be in the past for everyone.
The software-defined world
As an industry analyst, technology vendors constantly brief me on emerging technologies and their impact on enterprise organizations. The rate of evolution is staggering.
But you know what vendors rarely brief me on? Anything physical.
Software-defined everything is another in a long line of industry buzzwords. But it is a lot more reality than hype. While there is debate about the details, it’s hard to argue against the core benefits of decoupling software logic from the physical hardware.
While industry pundits often discuss the software-defined everything movement separately from cloud, they are really two form-factors of the same thing: a movement away from the management of physical assets.
About the Author:
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight and has been quoted or published in Time, CIO, Computerworld, USA Today, and Forbes.