Welcome to the Future! Strangely the future hasn’t ever felt so much like “Now” than ever before. If you haven’t been following all of the chatter leading up to these major announcements we’re on the threshhold of these major breaking points like never before.
The Data center has spoken and it’s answer is True unification.
Cisco has had this same story with their Switch line and with the purely unified solution with the Nexus line and the future of FCoE. This is not just another story of “Let’s produce another server” which is akin to the type of “battles” you tend to see occur between Dell, HP and IBM. No this is something much more and much bigger. So, while this definitely is an introduction of Blade Servers, this is more than just “another blade”. This is an entirely new way to think about, to manage and to interoperate within your datacenter.
If you haven’t seen some of the snippets of the new blades coming, here are a few pictures.
This is more than just pretty pictures. Never before have we had such a consolidated solution to a Network Fabric akin to the consolidated SAN solutions which NetApp has Pioneered and still stands unopposed in delivering. Add to that the pure play with VMware and other virtualization and what we have here is a marriage of Servers with the Networks and the Storage; what you end up with an end-to-end virtualization and delivery solution which will comprehensively change the way the datacenter operates.
So, what does this mean for the future? The landscape has gotten a bit wider and narrower at the same time. Everyone will have their toe dipped in this pool, or wanting to be a part of it, but those who will stand strong are the ones who speak to this same story of Unity. Doing more with less (Less Operating Systems, Less Platforms, Less Management required)
Even with the Cloud looming over our heads, the Datacenter isn’t getting any smaller, it is simply getting better at doing what it’s supposed to do. Either you become better with it, or start working on that resume.