why IT might be closing again

April 21, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Business, Technology Trends | Leave a comment

Earlier, we took a look at the opening of IT. Now let’s consider why it might be closing once again. One thought as to why IT opened in the first place was because the business rank-and-file could have a reasonable conversation with the IT crowd because there was a relatively common framework for the discussion. Home networks looked an awful lot like the data center – at least conceptually. What’s happening today is creating a new Tower of Babel.

Talk to your average business person about: virtualization, iSCSI, guests, hosts, hypervisors, superdomes, grids, RACs, clouds, SaaS, green computing and the like. That conversation is going to go nowhere fast. More than just the conversation barrier, there is also an increasing difficulty in charging back costs granularly in those types of environments from a technical perspective.

I sat with a customer the other day who runs a very large data center. He told me that the business will come to him and demand their own box. When I asked him why, he said, “Because they want their own box.” Uh, OK. But why? “Because they feel like if they are giving money, they want to get exactly what they are paying for, and to them, that means their own box.” I would suggest that kind of thinking has a LOT to do with the familiarity they have with their home setups, which tied back to the basic concepts in a data center for the past several years.

Lots of data centers are just saying “No.” They’re telling them that’s not how things work anymore and they’re going to have to accept that’s the way it is. And, if you don’t want to do that, and you are going to fight me for your own box, even though it makes absolutely no sense? Fine. Pay me triple the cost of the shared environment, and you’ll get your box. And with that, I sense the lights are beginning to dim, and the monolith is beginning to reemerge.

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