Traditional datacenters are famously outdated and ill-equipped to handle the future. Sluggish and unpredictable, they are perceived to be unresponsive to the needs of the businesses they serve. They were designed as silos of excellence. Compute, storage, and networking infrastructure was segregated into separate domains, each separately procured, scaled, and updated, with no cross-collaboration. Lack of transparency meant stranded resources and compliance challenges.
The result was an unwieldy juggernaut that seemed to have lost sight of why datacenters exist in the first place: to provide the best experience for applications, the lifeblood of businesses.