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Next-gen IT infrastructure strategy to guide digital transformation

The rapid evolution of business tech forces companies to frequently redefine IT strategy. In this essential guide, learn the best practices to manage IT infrastructure in the digital enterprise.

Introduction

Hybrid cloud, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), software-defined networking (SDN), server virtualization -- there are numerous rapidly evolving strategies and technologies designed to help tech executives make IT infrastructure more cohesive.

When implemented correctly, a more cohesive IT infrastructure can reap big benefits for the IT department and beyond. The updates can improve IT administrators' control over the network, as well as improve its speed, reliability and even security -- all invaluable traits for modern companies that continue to navigate their digital transformation journey. To implement these strategies and business tech successfully, however, usually requires a new look at IT infrastructure strategy. Executives must be prepared for big changes to IT department structure and processes, and to answer the numerous questions that will come with this type of digital transformation.

To help answer these questions, explore this SearchCIO essential guide that lists TechTarget's latest news coverage and expert advice about implementing a transformative, cohesive IT infrastructure strategy. The advice will go a long way toward making your IT infrastructure reboot a successful -- and profitable -- digital transformation project.

1Digital transformation-

The digitized IT infrastructure strategy

Technologies designed for businesses to maximize their digital capabilities are constantly evolving, but companies have to adapt quickly to take full advantage. Complicating the issue is the fact that these technologies often cause huge changes to IT department structure and processes. In this section, learn how the next generation of enterprise technology is changing the modern IT department -- and what CIOs must do to keep pace.

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Smart technology, automation shifts the IT department's future

Cutting-edge business tech makes it possible for almost anyone to do tasks that used to be reserved for those with technical training. These "citizen technologists" are forcing sweeping changes to how IT departments function, and the changes may already be happening: As technology becomes ubiquitous, industry insiders say IT departments are becoming increasingly smaller and more heavily automated. Continue Reading

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Idaho insurance company opts for hyper-converged IT infrastructure strategy

When Idaho Farm Bureau Insurance's growing IT demands started outpacing its virtualization infrastructure, the property and casualty company based in Pocatello, Idaho, completed an infrastructure overhaul. Adam Waldron, director of information systems at the company, discusses why adopting hyper-converged technology was vital to the process. Continue Reading

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IT infrastructure: Should CIOs outsource or upgrade?

A host of new business tech can help upgrade legacy IT infrastructure to meet modern business demands. But for organizations still sorting out which applications belong in the cloud and which should remain on premises, upgrades may be on the back burner. Here's expert advice about how to determine when the best IT infrastructure strategy is someone else's. Continue Reading

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Networking's crucial role in a digital transformation framework upgrade

Digital transformation puts more pressure on the network to support the new technology required to support a business. It also puts more pressure on network managers who must learn new skills and adapt new ways to interact with the business. Continue Reading

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Data governance strategy essential to digitization success

Information governance is viewed as a source of additional rules and requirements that slow down any transformation efforts. The reality? Involving information governance experts can accelerate digital transformation. The trick is to offer up the governance tools that can make any digital transformation plan successful. Continue Reading

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Adapting IT for hyper-converged storage

Proponents of hyper-converged technologies tout its benefits such as providing IT administrators greater control over storage provisioning in virtual server environments and single pane-of-glass management capabilities. In this section, learn how hyper converged storage and infrastructure are contributing to modern organization's digital transformation.

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During HCI implementation, remember the virtualization layer

It's important to remember that the virtualization layer is vital to an HCI system implementation: Without it, the HCI implementation would be nothing more than a pile of hardware. Virtualizing the physical components also helps IT admins better use resources while improving flexibility and scalability. Continue Reading

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The hyper-converged cloud: Partners in IT architecture

A hyper-converged infrastructure and a public cloud platform share a number of core principles, including virtualization of resources. Here's advice to reap the benefits of combining the two as part of IT architecture. Continue Reading

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HCI technology expands its data center role

Hyper-converged infrastructure products were once confined to a limited, niche set of use cases. But modern HCI technology applications have evolved to reach the corporate data center and created multifaceted relationships with the cloud. As it takes over swaths of IT infrastructure strategy, organizations are entrusting HCI with applications ranging from scientific computing to core business systems. Continue Reading

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In HCI, hyper-converged network becomes the norm

Network virtualization in a hyper-converged system can be difficult. There are products available, however, that can help achieve some of these network virtualization goals. Continue Reading

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HCI architecture: The buying mistakes to avoid

Many enterprises are transitioning their general-purpose data centers into HCI facilities that collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized system. But before making a decision, it's important to steer clear of these 10 key mistakes that frequently trip up new HCI adopters. Continue Reading

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Prepping IT for network virtualization

When done correctly, virtualization can help optimize network speed, reliability, flexibility, scalability and security. In this section, learn about the best practices to make sure your IT department is ready for a network virtualization project.

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The networking technology evolution has begun

The future of networking technology is well underway. To avoid being left behind, IT managers must understand how evolving concepts like hyper-convergence, software-defined WAN and intent-based networking will work together in the next-generation organizational network. Continue Reading

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A guide to choosing the right virtualization hardware for your business

There are several questions to consider when choosing virtualization hardware. There's a fine line between not having enough resources and spending too much on something you don't necessarily need. To get you started, this guide provides help to choose the best hardware for virtualization. Continue Reading

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The future of virtualization in healthcare

According to Matthew Kull, senior vice president and CIO at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, virtualization is still new to the healthcare industry. In this Q&A, Kull discusses where and how healthcare virtualization will evolve, and how it could ultimately benefit data security. Continue Reading

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SDN use in the enterprise moves toward programmability, automation

In 2018, "more" has become a big part of enterprises' software-defined networking use: Expect the trend of more SDN vendors, more options and more deployments to continue. As the variations of SDN become more prominent, organizations are now increasingly seeking the technology's programmability and automation benefits. Continue Reading

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Network virtualization best practices and strategy

Network virtualization abstracts network traffic from the underlying physical network and combines resources into independent secure channels. This improves network speed, security and scalability, and provides organizations with a central management system. Here's advice to make your network virtualization project a success. Continue Reading

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Cloud management in the hybrid IT environment

A hybrid cloud environment has become typical at the modern, digitized enterprise. That doesn't make a hybrid cloud strategy any easier to implement -- wide-ranging questions about budgeting, infrastructure and responsibilities must be answered first. In this section, learn strategies to make sure your IT infrastructure strategy resources are ready to make the most of hybrid cloud.

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CIO: Connect cloud metrics to business value

As CIO and vice president of corporate strategy at software company Laserfiche, Thomas Phelps IV incorporates a cloud strategy that goes beyond simply considering the cloud's typical IT benefits. Instead, Phelps evaluates what should move to the cloud based on metrics tied to business value -- an approach that analysts say more leading CIOs are trying to undertake. Continue Reading

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Emerging cloud platforms offer attractive capabilities -- with unexpected cost

As enterprises move more parts of their IT environment to the cloud, cloud service providers have developed a wide-ranging inventory of easily deployable services. But companies must first answer budgeting questions, as these next-generation platforms come with unforeseen expenses. Continue Reading

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Tips to assess cloud management platforms, products

A cloud management platform is valuable software that can help manage how applications are deployed and operated in multi-cloud computing environments. William Van Order, who works on cloud service management at Lockheed Martin Corp., breaks down evaluation criteria of these platforms into three categories: technology and architecture, operational, and business and acquisition. Continue Reading

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Cloud use continues to influence CIO roles, responsibilities

The modern CIO role has evolved from being a responder to business demands to become a driver of business innovation. Cloud computing is hastening this evolution because it ultimately frees up members of the IT department to help enable business initiatives. Continue Reading

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The advantages, disadvantages of a hybrid cloud strategy

By merging a private and public cloud to form a hybrid infrastructure, an organization can utilize services and deploy the appropriate workloads to the cloud. However, there are numerous hybrid cloud advantages and disadvantages that a business must consider before embarking on these projects. Continue Reading

5Glossary-

A guide to related terms

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