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Time To Ask The Hard Questions

Managing centralized computing systems as it was done a decade ago is impossible or too expensive. We take a look at how companies are rethinking application architecture, data center design, and servers.

Organizations both large and small are rethinking their approach to managing their centralized computing systems. Taking a risk-averse approach and attempting to do things just as they were done a decade ago is either impossible or incredibly expensive. That realization has translated into the questioning of every aspect of the computing infrastructure. In these briefs, we look at application architecture, data center design, and server choices.

In the data center, astronomical capital and operating costs require reimagining the best practices for power distribution and cooling. And part of that analysis comes down to a choice of server. While blade systems have been around for a while, they haven't caught on like some analysts predicted. That may be changing with the current crop of systems that offer more flexible I/O, better management, and greater power efficiency than their 1U and 2U counterparts.

Even more important is the application infrastructure. Service-oriented architectures and Web services provide the means for better sharing and analysis of data, but the cost is complexity and oftentimes poorer performance than highly optimized legacy systems. Throw in some uncertainly about security, and risk-averse organizations will have some homework to do. We've given you the Cliffs Notes here; check out the full reports at businessinnovation.cmp.com.

Art Wittmann
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