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Introduction: Editor’s Letter
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of March 2008, Vol. 1
Welcome to Virtual DataCenter, a guide to your next data center. In IT, things are a bit schizophrenic these days. As always, there are a million fires to extinguish and a long list of projects that stretches out as far as the eye can see. And each project has a business owner who believes that his project is the most important and should have been done yesterday. Then there are serious changes afoot—new technologies, new priorities—and a new sense of the importance of solid processes. Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine a data center in 2013. Now compare it with your data center circa 2003.Our contention is the differences will be more pronounced than in any similar comparison over the past 10 years. Consider the combined effect of ubiquitous virtualization; networked storage, 10Gigabit Ethernet; multi socket, multi core commodity servers with more power and memory; and new management software to harness all these elements and create a more fluid data center. Yes, it’s the fabled paradigm shift. The key to survival is the ...
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