Roles within IT are changing, even in the realm of infrastructure. A blogger muses on the importance of infrastructure in our new federated identity, automation, orchestration and data management ecosystems in the article, "Infrastructure Practices- Time for True Confessions Under the Promise of Amnesty?"
Frustrated by the perception of infrastructure folk as simply "operations," the author brings up how infrastructure-minded professionals have a much broader and synergistic view than application pros who concentrate on their applications in somewhat of a vacuum. Infrastructure cannot be left out; operations and applications crumble when it is.
A few notable comments from the article are as follows:
- Most firms still have fragmented email infrastructures or if they have consolidated allow ungoverned application access to email that introduces high risk and cripples agility and the ability to upgrade email function or security.
- Should we even talk about file services and the mess of nested and tiered folder permissions that make a mockery of data protection and access control?
We completely understand the need for a strong and agile infrastructure and it seems that the only thought this blogger forgot to include is the implications for this sector in regards to big data. Insights will remain untapped if infrastructure is left to go haywire.
Megan Feil, July 6, 2012