There is a lot of talk these days from major IT research firms about how today’s enterprise CIOs need to embrace bimodal IT. One of the key ideas behind this bimodal IT concept is that CIOs need to build and support two different sets of IT infrastructure, one that is used for existing application environments (Mode 1) and one used for the rapid development and launch of lightweight, digital and mobile services (Mode 2).

These research firms go on to say that while traditional IT infrastructure should be modernized for Mode 1, where it will “run the business” using traditional commercial legacy software and hardware, CIOs should also build another set of infrastructure that uses open source software and commodity hardware to provide the DevOps team with the “startup” agility they need to develop and launch new applications quickly.

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