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The future of the data center...

By dwdino ·
Had some interesting discussions on the future of the datacenter. These discussions included "cloud" [cringe], virtualization, consolidation, I/O fabrics, management, personnel, etc. Whew!

What I wondered is how others' perceptions of the near future aligned or contrasted with this discussion.

The primary premise is as follows:

Currently, most IT infrastructures of medium to large scale are operated by many silo'ed teams - networking, security, infrastructure, virtualization, application, and more.

As IT consolidates and virtualization continues to encroach, will the teams also collapse or consolidate?

We finished with a future datacenter consisting of three major scopes - security/network(responsible for edge/security/wan/telecom), infrastructure (responsible for LAN, server, storage, virtualization), and applications.

The greatest argument was centered aroung the infrastructure scope. Through virtualization of server, network, and storage the infrastructure team would come to manage, provision, and scale everything behind the firewall. As tools like VMware mature and other systems plug in, a virtual administrator may be able to provision networking, storage, servers, and security policies from a single console.

So, do you see such a consolidated future? Will network truly become a commodity? What silos will be created going forward?

Thoughts?

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