Finally getting caught up with work since my time in Cali and although this post is a little late, I wanted to take a moment to capture my thoughts on Juniper Network’s Data Center Cohesion event which took place in Sunnyvale at Juniper’s Aspiration Dome last week. I had an awesome time and the sessions were full of a ton of useful information geared towards all things Data Center. Apparently this was the first time that Juniper opened the conference to outside partners — roughly 16 partners showed up, so to say that I was honored to be there is quite an understatement.
One of the biggest trends in the IT industry at the moment is enterprise adoption of the public cloud. It’s obvious that it’s been accelerating over the recent years, but perhaps more importantly, Federal agencies are beginning to take a serious look at the cloud in an effort to reform IT and to achieve greater agility and operational efficiencies. In fact, according to recent data by various integrators and tech companies, U.S. government agencies are moving to the cloud and away from their own in-house data centers faster than private corporations.
According to Gartner and IDC, if you look at the capital expenditures, approximately $392 billion in total IT spend on the cloud will take place in 2017. That’s a massive number, and Federal agencies are starting to represent a big proportion of that: