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If the Tech Doesn’t Fit, You must Convict

The usual arguments on Twitter about new technology and solutions run the gamut from "it isn't real" to "there's only one real cloud". These "discussions" seem to go on and on and every time a new solution is introduced they are reignited.  Is all tech questionable, are all services terrific, are particular services better from specific vendors?  Most often it's more about fit in a specific organization or company, so how you position yourself is the key.

The rub

Enterprise Legacy Environment Cloud Adoption vs Netflix

Two blogs written recently one by @benkepes and the other by @jeffsussna covered the topic of cloud adoption strategies versus legacy and best case environments. In Ben's blog he talked about how Netflix is an outlier in the cloud space. That their applications and use characteristics don't match enterprise use cases and don't match the complicated verticals of infrastructure and applications in the typical enterprise data center.

Forbes Article only tells the old story of the CIO role

In a September 27th article in Forbes written by Raj Sabhlok, the President of Zoho Corp., Mr. Sabhlok discusses the disruption of the CIO role being caused by modern IT solutions (I.e., SaaS, Cloud, consumer IT etc.). The point of the article is correct: the CIO role does need to change. However, I found the changes suggested by Mr. Sabhlok to be both retro and extremely incomplete.

The argument for change in the CIO role

Keeping IT Relevant isn't about the Title of the CIO

Chief Information Officer, Chief Innovation Officer, Chief whatever, no chief at all, it doesn't matter. What really matters is whether the person responsible for IT can bring IT opportunity to bear on the business effectively and quickly. I know, simple concept and it's been said a thousand different times, 10 thousand different ways, but I'm going to try one more time. "The appropriate expectations from the business combined with the appropriate philosophy in the IT organization is more important that the title of the man or woman in charge."

The pain and risks of ignored IT infrastructure

Cancer, aches & pains, ticking time bombs, pick your term du jour, they all apply when IT solutions are ignored and left to grow roots. There are many reasons why IT solutions are left behind to grow roots, but in this blog I'm focusing on the process of integration after a corporate acquisition as the antagonist. 

Human behavior, resource allocation and or risk assumptions

Data Center Operators be a Twit, be Heard

As a whole we data center types don't seem to be a very talkative bunch.  I'm not sure why that is, and I can't say for sure that we're more or less talkative than many other professions. However, anecdotal evidence via the Data Center Pulse Linkedin Group and Twitter seems to supports my assertion.  We pay millions every year on conferences where we're supposed to hear from smart people and mingle (network) with other members of the Data Center community, yet as a group we do very little with social media where the effort is almost free.

My Data Center Drives Faster Than Yours

I jumped on my data center the other day and rode into town for a beer at the local saloon. I tell you, these data centers keep getting bigger and faster every year. Did I confuse you? What does a data center mean to you? Is it some converged infrastructure with virtualization on it or is it a container with some racks of computers?


Why am I Bothered?

Where is the open datacenter facility API ?

For some time the Datacenter Pulse top 10 has featured an item called ‘ Converged Infrastructure Intelligence‘. The 2012 presentation mentioned:stack21-forceX

Treat the DC infrastructure as an IT system;

- Converge in the infrastructure instrumentation and control systems

- Connect it into the IT systems for ultimate control

Standardize connections and protocols to connect components

With datacenter infrastructure becoming a more complex system and the need for better efficiency within the whole datacenter stack, the need arises to integrate layers of the stack and make them ‘talk’ to each other.

This is shown in the DCP Stack framework with the need for ‘integrated control systems’; going up from the (facility) real-estate layer to the (IT) platform layer.

So if we have the ‘integrated control systems’, what would we be able to do?

The green PUE monster

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My fellow Datacenter Pulse (DCP) colleague Mark Thiele wrote a good article on the use of PUE in the datacenter industry. He basically argues that you should look at the TCO of the datacenter and have a holistic view (like we promote with the DCP stack)

He opens with the ‘my PUE is better than yours remark’ we see going around in the industry. This is mentioned before by the Green Grid; the misuse of PUE. (I have written several articles about this issue on my Dutch datacenter blog)

Well guess what… we kinda created this monster ourselves;

Server Power Consumption Cost Exceeds the Cost of the Server – SO WHAT!

Saying a modern server uses too much power is like saying a train uses more power than a horse drawn wagon. Of course it does, but it also does way more work. Let's not forget what's important to the question of cost and that is simply how much work is the server performing?

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