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The Autonomous Data Center – CIO’s End Goal

Most progressive CIO’s want out of the IT market, at least the IT market as we have known it for the past few decades. CIO’s desire the autonomous data center; a data center that effectively operates without the constant supervision of storage managers, network managers, database managers, and outlook managers. They want what the public cloud provides, yet on their terms. Employees focused on applications, not servers. Skilled IT personnel focused on workloads, not spinning disks. Ultimately, they desire cloud administrators versed in how IT can respond quicker to the company’s needs. They want out of the legacy architecture space, and into the autonomous data center.

A realistic expectation? Yes, and coming quicker than you might think. If you go back only a few short years and looked at how applications where provisioned as compared to today, you recognize the exponential pace of automation. Many small to medium size businesses run entirely in the cloud. Large enterprises are looking to this model as well; just not entirely public cloud dependent. Data centers are increasingly reliant not on the hardware, but the software. Software Defined Everything. And as software becomes more intuitive, the role of the traditional IT staff will evolve. Ultimately, the software will manage the application and workloads based on parameters of compute, storage, availability, compliance and BC/DR requirements.

Autonomous data center will be a reality. Are you building towards them?


About Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott is a thought leader, cloud strategist and enterprise data center evangelist focusing on data center evolution with particular emphasis on private and hybrid clouds. Michael previously worked as Dell’s Cloud Evangelist representing Dell’s cloud portfolio and vision at customer meetings, media briefings, and industry conferences. Prior to that, Michael held marketing and consulting roles in the storage and telecom industry. Michael currently works for NetApp as their cloud strategist and evangelist. Michael started his career as a mainframe programmer for General Electric and held the role of adjunct professor of marketing at the University of Akron. Michael has a mathematics degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. Michael’s recent work includes: • Participation in cloud industry panels and private equity discussions relating to the vision of cloud. • Business development activities with a focus on the enterprise data center. • Sales enablement and training on cloud positioning and how cloud impacts hardware and software sales. • Industry conference presentations including the Consumer Electronics Show, Cloud Computing East, Educause, and the Cloud Computing Association. • Presentation at the International Forum on Innovation and Emerging Industries Development in Shanghai, China


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