Great! They've been telling me to eat more vegetables!
15 posts • joined 24 Feb 2015
We're seeing the re-invention of the divide and conquer approach: X was too big and too slow to provision, so we're going with smaller systems that are much more agile and that "anyone" can manage. Of course there are more of them, so maintenance time and effort is multiplied (1400 security patch applications, anyone?) and we need more people to do it. After a while, this gets to be a problem. Wait - look! We can consolidate all this little servers into a few big ones. Problem solved!
There's a time-honored tradition of stampeding over to a "new" approach that solves your current issues, without any insight (or memory) that the new approach has its issues, too. Too hard to figure out how to solve your current issues, so just follow the PR/hype and go with something different.
Fun to watch this on its second or third go-around.
I've asked vendors why, and they say they're protecting themselves against users who don't know how to use their product, run a benchmark, or tune it properly. They publish their own benchmarks, because they know how to use their products. Of course, they can't publish benchmarks of their competitors products, but you can bet they run them (even if the EULA says they can't).
So when we see an ad about performance, it refers to a competitor's published benchmark.
Of course, unless you run benchmarks as your company's workload, a benchmark isn't really all that useful anyway.
Sure sounds similar. When you wanted to attach non-Bell equipment to the network, you had to have their adapter (DAA) so you wouldn't damage the network. They made that stick for about 8-10 years, as I recall.
With the impact of cloud on storage products, there's the related impact on on-premise servers and server networking, and the follow-on effects to systems and reseller staff. (Personal/workstation device type networking will still be important!)
Sounds like a major dislocation for folks working today, especially those starting: many of their jobs may not be needed over a relatively short horizon A look at that would be a very interesting article.
Many years ago, I worked for a major computer company. The manager at the east coast support center decided his staff (never seen by customers) need to look more professional, and sent a memo declaring that everyone must wear a tie.
And they did.
You never saw so many spiffy headbands, belts, armbands, and so on. Needless to say the policy didn't last very long.
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