Data Centers and the [Forced] March to an IaaS Utility


Simon Wardley has once again made me think seriously using his “Mapping” methodology as I try and think thru the disruptions in the traditional Enterprise and “Outsourced” Enterprise Data Center(DC) space (whilst managing my own confirmation bias).  We have long used the analogies of electricity and as the “cost of compute trends to the cost of power”, it probably makes some sense to talk about this! Most of us know…

Clouds, Service Providers, Converged and Commodity Infrastructure


Over the past several months I have seen a tremendous increase in customer and partner interest in infrastructure architectures that exploit Software Defined Networks (SDN), commodity infrastructure deployments (ala. OCP) and an increasing desire for fine grained distributed tenancies (massive tenant scale). For me, many of these requests are harbingers of emerging IT requirements: the desire to maximize CapEx return: maximize the utilization of capital [equipment] (ROI or maybe even ROIC)…