Is infrastructure cool? Gartner thinks so. They recently named RackN a “2020 Cool Vendor in Cloud Computing.” It’s a coveted designation, and we are honored, but cool? A VC will tell you that the stuff we do is not cool. Infrastructure is technological plumbing and polar opposite of cool. And yet, our work solves real-world problems for scale operators.
What Did Gartner See In Our Infrastructure Automation Platform?
Gartner knows that “cloud” was never a limited concept. Cloud has always been infrastructure that is distributed across public clouds, on-premises, in co-location, and out to the edge locations.
Gartner recognizes operators use “the cloud” to mean API-driven infrastructure. The term cloud doesn’t limit the conversation to a handful of platforms. So, saying “the cloud” doesn’t mean we’re just talking about cloud-native technologies. Cloud is about transforming the way IT is practiced via automation, integration and platforms.
Gartner paid attention when RackN showed them how we solve real problems for our customers. They must have thought it was cool that our customers use cloud strategies in production to address long-standing infrastructure challenges.
Our customers already know operating and managing infrastructure won’t go away by adding cloud into the mix. Instead, they tell us emphatically that they believe the future will bring an increasing mix of infrastructure locations, vendors and types. Operators don’t mean a single thing when they say “the cloud.” They are talking about a complex aggregation of services. Our customers want software that will unify and simplify their growing estate.
Our Customers Think Gaining Unified Control of Infrastructure Is Cool.
RackN focuses on foundational IT problems from core principles. That’s why our software product is designed to be installed and managed by our customers instead of offered as a SaaS. It’s also why we focused on bringing infrastructure as code (IaC) automation to heterogeneous bare metal before we worried about managing virtualization layers.
We’ve proven that building on a solid, repeatable foundation (the “digital rebar” of the data center) truly transforms the operation of everything layered above it. By design, we’ve ensured our solution scales into every type of infrastructure by starting from the hardest first.
But that’s just technology. What really makes us cool is helping users regain operational control over ever-increasing data acceleration without needless toil. Because we make infrastructure simple and repeatable, regardless of the vendor or location, we help customers focus on the right things instead of the “cool” things.
Our ultimate cool factor is helping customers focus on building their own cool thing. if they think it’s cool to do that one site at a time, then wait until they see how we’ve applied those same principles to managing distributed infrastructure. The best is yet to come.
Do You Think Infrastructure Is Cool?
If you also think think infrastructure is cool, RackN can help you gain unified control of your environment. Check it out for yourself! https://rackn.com/products/trial