Adaptive Infrastructure: Managing Resources In A Mixed Up WorldSource: StorageCraft Technology Corporation
Over the last forty years, the world of computing has gone through a series of important shifts to get us to where we are today.
1970s: The birth of personal computing, characterized by a focus on the device and what it could do.
1980s: The birth of local networking, characterized by a focus on linking devices and accessing shared resources.
1990s: The birth of the Internet for the masses, characterized by a focus on electronic communications and commerce.
2000s: The birth of mobile computing, characterized by whole new classes of devices, and a focus virtual identity and community.
Now we find ourselves in the second decade of the 21st century (the 2010s…two-thousand-teens?) and computing continues to evolve at a tremendous pace. So what is the focus now? With entire identities and relationships built in the ether, today's focus is increasingly on data access and protection.
It's no longer about the hardware, or the network, or the application. It's about data, and the ability to access that data anytime anywhere.
Today's computing infrastructure needs to support this paradigm, which brings us to the idea of Adaptive Infrastructure. Adaptive Infrastructure provides fast and reliable access to data and the applications that rely on that data. When a problem occurs, you better be able to get things running again in very short order.
To help put the importance of data, the National Archives & Records Administration reports that 93% of companies that lose access to their data for 10 days or more file for bankruptcy within one year; 50% filed for bankruptcy immediately.
An Adaptive Infrastructure helps you avoid this fate by providing the following:
- Complete portability of data, server resources, and desktop resources.
- Agnostic to underlying platforms and technology. It shouldn't matter what physical hardware you use, what hypervisor you use, what data storage you use, or what your network looks like.
- Manage data so you can roll-back to a previous state quickly and easily.
- Ability to replicate any, or all, infrastructure components as needed.