I've been exposed recently to some incredible developments in the silicon world. Some that I cannot mention. However, I do want to share with you an opinion about how this world will impact our world.
Over the years, servers, storage and network systems have become faster and been repackaged into more interesting components. Yet, for the most part it hasn't changed various n-tier architectural patterns. However, that's about to change.
Comprehensive multicore systems on a chip with extreme ultra low power capabilities with pervasive virtualization technologies are reinforcing the view that datacenters do not need a lot of the complexity they thought they did.
Essentially, a lot of the copper and expensive chassis frames will not be needed in the future datacenter.
And these silicon architectures are more than ultra low power and multicore. We will see more contextual aware silicon architectures for server functionality which redirects the right computing to the right area at the right time for the right users and sub-systems.
Naturally, it's easy to think that the automation of these capabilities will lead to an easier life for the datacenter leader. Sorry, but while these new systems will be impressive, the work load will be just as tough (if not more challenging) in years to come.
The infrastructure leader will need to have a strong architecture that enforces security, compliance and strong systemic quality capabilities to the right solutions at the right times. Our strategy will not just be designing a automated capacity models with the new silicon architecture for one solution, but it will be for the entire datacenter. The infrastructure architect will impact the enterprise in more profound ways.