A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Data Center

13 April 2012 – Douglas Balog is Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM Storage Systems, responsible for the overall IBM storage business, including business strategy and product plans for the company’s complete family of workload optimized storage systems.  In the current issue of Data Center Knowledge he writes:

“The personal computer, the Internet and World Wide Web, wireless and mobile computing, and now social media have all served to form and reform the way in which we in business think about, manage and exploit computing power. The incessant waves of innovation have led to incalculable levels of information sharing and leveraging and created entire industries as well as business disciplines.  But a funny thing happened on the way to the data center. Over the course of the last 25 years of technical disruption, those responsible for managing all of this innovation started becoming saddled with more responsibility. For example, the constant influx of new technologies resulted in larger IT staffs. As innovation lead to greater prosperity, employee ranks swelled as well, and the gatekeepers found themselves now setting access and usage policy.”

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