Last week, I was fortunate enough to present at F5’s Agility Partner Conference. The event was held in New York’s Times Square and had about 1,000 of F5’s reseller partners, all looking to get a handle on what’s next for the fast growing vendor. One of the things I enjoy about partner events is that it gives me an opportunity to interact with many of the resellers and see if what I’m observing aligns with the trends in their business.
During my presentation, I talked a lot about the complexity of IT today and the opportunity that it creates in the area of professional services. There’s no doubt that IT is more complicated today that it was a decade or even five years ago.
Historically, IT deployed infrastructure with simplicity and performance in mind. This meant when application A was deployed; it was given its own dedicated servers, storage, ADCs, security products and network resources. This model was replicated for application B, C, D and so on.