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Bimodal IT innovates without risk
One of the simplest ways to describe the responsibilities of an IT professional is to say they ensure the disparate parts and pieces of the infrastructure work well together. On any given day, you'll find administrators and engineers matching application needs to physical resources, sorting out compatibility requirements or simply making sure users have access to the right systems and not to the wrong ones.
When new technologies or strategies emerge, IT professionals naturally want to know how the new thing can best integrate with what they already have rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater. A rip-and-replace approach is not only disruptive, but it can also be wasteful and time-consuming. One such example is the adoption of bimodal IT, where companies maintain two independent modes of delivering IT services. In "Not so fast," contributor Alan Earls explores how companies are using a bimodal approach to balance the need to maintain stable systems with ever-growing demands to innovate. However, accommodating new technologies or processes by creating a separate delivery pipeline can also be problematic.
When two seemingly competing technologies actually work better together, it's a welcome relief to IT professionals engaged in the daily struggle to make the pieces fit together.
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By altering the hypervisor to allow VMs to serve as container hosts and addressing security concerns with containers themselves, companies can take advantage of both technologies.
The conversation between VMware employees, customers and end users continues well beyond VMworld 2016. They continue to share tips, give opinions and ask questions via Twitter.
The bimodal IT model breaks IT into two ways of thinking about and implementing changes. And there are two schools of thought on this approach to innovation and improvement.
Automated testing ranges from rapid unit tests to production-mimicking performance tests. If you're deploying new code frequently, make sure you have the right test automation.
What kinds of as-a-service IT management options are available? Are IT management services only coming from startups, or do established management software vendors have options?
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The VMware cloud strategy, announced at VMworld 2016, includes Cross-Cloud Architecture, Cloud Foundation and a combination of Photon Platform and vSphere Integrated Containers.
IT management as a service uses big data analytics and vendors' expertise to ease the IT administration and optimization process. IT orgs must trust the flow of log and related data into an offsite, multi-tenant cloud.