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March 19, 2009


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Interesting indeed Marc. The data center has once again become a vast playground of possibilities where high speed networking is enabling communications between IT resources, including compute, storage, clients, voice, LAN, internal clouds, external clouds, etc.

This megatrend is evolving all around us. Cisco’s Unified Computing System, VMware's Private Cloud vision and even the IBM/Sun deal underscores this "re-integration" phenomenon.

Seems at the highest level there are six enablers in play:
1) Virtualization
2) Consolidation of the IT grid
3) Ubiquitous, fast networks
4) Standard rich clients
5) Open source software
6) Mega scale data centers

IMO Cisco doesn't have to make it as a server vendor for this to succeed. It has to focus on enabling this new network-centric data center.

The big question I have is will the economics of so-called federated networks be able to compete with 100 megawatt Google data centers housing 450,000 servers on the Columbia River? -Dave from Wikibon

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