Data Management

Unified Application and Data Delivery: A Model for Creating Dynamic IT Infrastructure

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Executive Summary

For many decades, the essential business relationships between users, applications, and data remained static. IT administrators controlled IT resources, operations, and access methods manually. This resulted in a tightly bound physical and operational infrastructure that increased cost, and more importantly, slowed the organization's ability to respond to change. New business requirements now strain this traditional IT infrastructure's ability to deliver applications and data effectively. It is no surprise, then, that CIOs routinely express frustration at their inability to align their IT function to business needs. Traditional IT infrastructure evolved over time to meet the needs of business in a relatively static environment. That model now hinders IT's ability to quickly respond to changes in the business and technology environment.

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