The latest episode of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens, thrilled audiences with its homage to the original movie (now known as Episode IV: A New Hope), as well as its use of new technology to create faster, slicker aircraft and intergalactic “toys.” Star Wars enthusiasts were impressed with the design of the massive new Death Star, and younger audience members were charmed by the newest droid, BB8. Yet who could resist taking a deep breath and exhaling a sigh of satisfaction when Rey first uncovered Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon? We love the old vs. the new, the fancy vs. the plain, the slick vs. the reliable.

That’s a little what the world of bimodal IT is like in the corporate data center. Gartner defines bimodal IT as “the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.”

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The forces of bimodal IT will be on display at Cisco Live.

In other words, some CIOs probably feel like they’re surrounded by droids and star speeders from the 1970s, while their companies are asking them to make the jump to into hyperspace to embrace the cloud and other virtualization techniques of the current generation.


Next week at Cisco Live, you will no doubt hear a lot about “digitization,” or efficiencies in business processes and information technology to make those processes more competitive. Bimodal IT is the collection of technology used to support digitization.

Today’s corporations are contending with an excessive amount of technology from the past and present in an effort to manage the balance between keeping the lights on and achieving business agility. As Cisco points out, it’s no easy task. Operating bi-modally still requires proper planning and governance. Running bimodal IT can be costly, and standing up different “greenfield” environments doesn’t always guarantee success. Knowing what’s a good fit for each “mode” is not always easy, and not everyone likes constant change.


At Cisco Live, you’ll learn how customers can benefit from the ability to transform their current data centers from disorganized silos (think Tatooine) to true bimodal IT private clouds that are optimized for both traditional and cloud native applications (think Alderaan). Cisco Live will give companies a chance to look at the challenges and potential of the latest innovations in key areas such as network technology, security, cloud and collaboration to provide the context and inspiration today’s IT professionals need to create the world of tomorrow.

As businesses struggle with the impact of new computing modes — mobile, cloud, Internet of Things, big data — on their business processes, products and customer services, bimodal IT is taking ahold to determine how they can create and capture value.

Be sure to visit Sungard Availability Services at the Hop & Brew Experience to learn more about how companies can embrace bimodal IT. Also tune into a panel discussion featuring Jack Dziak (Sungard AS Vice President of Global Products) and Sungard AS customer Zyme Solutions on July 12th in the MGM Studio Ballroom from 4 to 6 p.m., as well as  a presentation by Derek Siler (Sungard AS Director of Solution Engineering) on Hybrid IT being the new “normal,” July 11th at 2:15 p.m. in the Sungard AS Hop & Brew location.

May the force (to implement bimodal IT) be with you.