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1. Editor's Note: Utility Computing And The MEGO Factor
Optimize, one of InformationWeek's sister
publications, recently ran a very good article by two consultants
that I urge everyone in IT to read. It's about how to prepare for utility computing, and it contains some sage advice about steps to take. Their
recommendations include starting in relatively small areas that
already have homogenous environments (in other words,
single-vendor applications or something close) and implementing a
SAN and chargeback system.
Even more interesting is that the article raises an intriguing
question about why the vast majority of IT organizations are
holding back from investing in this computing model, at least so
far. The article goes through a list of eight problem areas, many
to do with organizational issues such as how to get a bunch of
business units that may be operating independently to agree to
share the central IT "resource."
I could be wrong, but I believe this buy-in and the resulting
ceding of control are probably the biggest roadblocks to adopting
utility computing en masse. Most large and medium-sized companies
have gone through the yin-yang pull of decentralizing and
recentralizing IT numerous times. Those in the former camp have
usually wound up there either because of business
reasons--multiple acquisitions and mergers with incompatible IT
infrastructures--or because the business units had a really bad
relationship with the previous central IT group and decided to
roll their own.
Fundamentally, though, the "MEGO" (my eyes glaze over) factor is
huge here--and by "here" I mean utility computing, autonomic
systems, and pretty much next-generation anything. After decades
of hearing about how technology is going to make their lives
better, their infrastructures more manageable and/or less
expensive, and their smiles brighter (or just pick your benefit),
I think IT professionals are casting an extremely wary eye on
just about everything right now. CIOs are skeptical of any promises,
and for very good reason, because they're tired of getting beaten
up by their business management for not delivering on them.
I have no doubt we'll get to utility computing and the
rest--eventually. Like just about everything else in the industry,
though, it's going to take a lot longer than some may hope.
What do you think? To comment or to read more, check out my blog entry.
Sun Rolls Out Java Enterprise Edition 5 Beta
Java EE 5 simplifies creating Web application interfaces and the
invocation of Web services, as well as streamlines the amount of
code required to build applications, Sun says.
Americans Online In The Slow Lane
The United States is falling further behind many other developed
nations in broadband use. Part of the reason is the government's
reluctance in getting involved in building the needed infrastructure.
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make matters worse.
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