Tomorrow's Data Centre

We start the event with a choice of warm up acts. The one I chose to attend started with some interesting facts. It seems that 3m users/week are joining the net and they want different services, the data centre is the pain point between the staggering growth in demand for 'net services and the environmental and management problems this causes. The speaker also suggested that 60% of power growth is based on IT to meet the demand of power to compute and the power to cool. So this being a warm up act, it seems that we (sun) are going to do better. We're going to change the rules and change the capability/power equation.

I do wonder if being cleverer in the systems design side means that the horrendously inefficient management practices will continue, whether we're merely enabling crapness in the service management side, particularly in the performance management field. It seems that what we need is a self healing performance management solution. This will come from the grid technologies, be it the grid engine, or developments of RIO or the use of virtualisation technologies.

The pitch is very technology orientated; we have a technology solution and repeated Sun's binary compatibility mantra. I some time wonder if its worth it Not Really!. Most people qualify to a build and their customers wont or can't trust it. Also most people must use some software that qualifies to a build i.e. uses private interfaces e.g. Oracle. For web container hosted applications, they can move forward very rapidly but the ISV's qualification policies and timescales often becomes a massive inhibitor for change. This is something we must work harder at, both with our ISV's and by improving our virtualisation/abstraction offerings.

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