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User Rank: Ninja
7/23/2014 | 8:09:23 AM
Re: Data Centers Edge Toward Innovation
I took a look at the full digest, and it was very much worth the five seconds it took to click through to the download. I love the quick blog format as much as the next guy, but it lacks some of the depth (not to mention the numbers to back it up) of the years of magazines and white papers gone by. I'm happy to see you guys putting the effort into putting them out, and I haven't regretted reading one yet. Basing them on surveys is the way to go as well, I think - talk is cheap, and it doesn't count for much unless it ties back into a real-scenario that happened at a real company.

To that end, though, I have some concern aboud extrapolating too much from selective data, yearly trends, and anecdotal evidence. What I mean is this - just because X percent of respondents answered that budgets are shrinking doesn't mean we have to make a conclusion on how that impacts cloud spending (just an example). One source could say that it will cause less cloud spending because cloud is more expensive... but someone else could say that it will cause more cloud spending because cloud is less expensive. There is a spin/subjectivity factor, and some things are better off being decided by IT shops on a case-by-case basis. In any case, this is very useful info to have. Thanks, Greg!
IW Pick
User Rank: Strategist
7/16/2014 | 11:16:29 AM
Re: Change is scary
I agree that enterprise infrastructure are different from the dedicated cloud providers and data centers. 

However there is one very positive outcome - proof of success. Enterprise IT CIOs are looking at the success of Facebook and AWS as "proof perfect" that new ways of working can cut costs and be reliable. This provides assurance to adopt new technologuy and implement change. 

In short, CIOs have permission to implement private clouds because of the success of public clouds. Now it is a questions of which technologies can be scaled down, packaged and deployed into the enterprise. 

The human infrastructure can make the change easily. Its up to CIOs to let the change begin. 


Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 11:09:15 AM
Change is scary
I'll bet plenty of CIOs and data center managers look wistfully at the way Facebook operates, but can't imagine how they could get there from where they are. Even adopting DevOps seems to be a problem. You'd need to cut loose some vendors (hard) and staff (even harder). It's happening, but it'll be slow I think. 

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