The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be felt for years to come, and for many enterprises, that means a significant shift in how and where they power their applications and workloads. But it’s not all doom and gloom. IT professionals are in a unique position to lead infrastructure innovation that will not only allow companies to keep going but will create efficiency and value to propel them into the future.
In this year’s State of IT Infrastructure Management report, we explore the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on IT infrastructure plans, IT professionals and the future of the industry.
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Key Takeaways From a Tumultuous Year
- The pandemic is prompting a majority of companies to accelerate or kickstart hybrid cloud and colocation migrations, according to a survey of 500 IT leaders and infrastructure managers.
- IT teams are reevaluating how they approach a remote workforce and a global economy increasingly reliant on digital services.
- Despite the troubling times, optimism among IT teams has remained relatively strong
The Off-Prem Migration Continues to Accelerate
In our first State of IT Infrastructure Management report, published in 2018, 56 percent of participants said their organizations planned to move at least some of their on-prem infrastructure off-premise over the next three years. In 2019, that number jumped to 88 percent. The events of 2020 have solidified and sped up this resolve to move at least some infrastructure off-premise, including among many organizations that had no previous plans to migrate.
IT Leaders Are Choosing Hybrid Solutions
Cloud solutions—both hyperscale public cloud and hosted private cloud—have previously been the solution of choice for organizations migrating off-premise. This year, colocation has joined these cloud solutions as a top option for IT leaders looking to downsize commercial real estate footprints as a result of the pandemic. Read the report to learn more about how the pandemic has affected environment choices.
IT Pros Are Essential, And Now Everyone Knows
In case there was any doubt before 2020, IT professionals are essential workers, both to their organizations and every day users at large. They’ve risen to the new challenges of remote work while continuing to maintain and protect all aspects of their companies’ infrastructure. Being viewed as essential, both my company execs and colleagues, has helped spur optimism amongst IT staff, especially when it comes to the future. Download the report to see what’s contributing to this positive outlook.
Take on 2021 With Renewed Vigor and Confidence
The challenges of remote work and accelerated digital transformation initiatives will remain at the forefront for IT infrastructure managers around the world in the coming year.
Is your company ready for what’s next? It may seem exhausting to think about the new year after dealing with the constant change and uncertainty of 2020. But with 2021 less than a month away, we at INAP want to ensure that you’re ready to tackle the year and meet your goals. Review the report and then reach out—our intelligent managed services and comprehensive infrastructure solutions can help you drive innovation and meet your objectives.
The data reflected in this survey was derived from a survey of 500 IT infrastructure managers and senior leaders employed full-time at companies in the U.S. with greater than 100 employees. Any employees of cloud and data center service providers were excluded. Commissioned by INAP and facilitated by Pollfish in August 2020, the survey’s margin of error is +/- 5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.