Like so many organizations this spring, Gremlin took its conference virtual to host the company’s Failover Conference. The theme for the virtual conference was building resiliency - the ability to build systems that can withstand both expected and unexpected failures or hardship. Building resiliency is a topic near and dear to our heart at NS1, which is why we opted to sponsor the online event.
We believe that in the modern world, change and chaos are ever present. In some cases, we see challenges on the horizon well before they arrive, and we can prepare. But other times, the shifts are unforeseen and disruptive. Even if you have the strongest product offering and the smartest or most hardworking people, there is still no guarantee you will endure challenges. It is the businesses and people that are built resilient with the ability to adapt to changing environments that survive and often come out of adversity stronger than before.
During the event, we were able to ask the audience questions about their 2020 tech priorities and who manages their current DNS or application traffic. While there were quite a few variations on top priorities, the vast majority of respondents singled out increasing IT automation & orchestration, and digital transformation & reducing technical debt as areas for investment for this year. As for who is responsible for application traffic, their responses were an even mix between IT, DevOps, Ops and infrastructure teams.
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Advancements in digital products and services serve as connecting points between companies and consumers, employers and staff, and families and friends around the world. It is crucial that this infrastructure remains elastic, flexible, and intelligent. Modern application infrastructure is dynamic, distributed and increasingly complex. And at the center of it all, we find technologies that have existed for decades—DNS, DHCP and IP address management (DDI).
Which is why despite budgets tightening and priorities shifting, digital transformation and IT automation/orchestration remain important priorities for businesses as they continue to connect and deliver applications to their employees and users at global scale. As organizations continue to modernize their IT stacks to support the convergence of network, applications, computing and storage infrastructures, responsibility for the deployment, access and delivery of applications will continue to shift between teams, until ultimately it becomes a shared responsibility.
Today’s hyperconnected world runs on applications. To support the delivery, deployment and access of applications, organization’s need to modernize their network infrastructure to scale dynamically, be intelligent and adaptive and of course resilient. This means that IT modernization, automation and orchestration will remain top priorities for any company looking to grow their connected business.