The Unrequited Search For The Optimized Data Center
One of the most aggravating things about technology is that, too often, there’s no one right answer. We spend years swinging on a pendulum, trying to solve problems whose solutions all have drawbacks.
It’s frustrating – especially for left-brained engineers – because there are areas where there is a right, or at least a widely accepted, answer. Ethernet? Yeah, we’ve all agreed on that. TCP/IP? Yep, we’re good.
But in other ways, we’re still wandering in the woods, trying to figure out what works best. The glass house gave way to client-server computing. Terminals were tossed on the dustbin of history, but we still find value in virtualized desktops. At the same time, the increasing popularity of laptops meant that the boundaries of where employees logged on became amorphous. Now the boom in smaller, smarter mobile has pushed us back toward consolidated data centers.
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