I love the idea of converged infrastructure, but wonder if it's an old idea in a new wrapper. Breaking down silos and consolidating data assets has long been a goal of IT when it was able to focus on it - which wasn't often. Converged infrastructure is as much a political problem as a technical issue...maybe more so. The thing that's changed is other technologies like mobile, cloud and Big Data are driving convergence. As the same time, things like rogue clouds means more silos.
Converged Infrastructure is one of those fuzzy but self-defining technology terms. Let's dissect the term.
Converge: "come from different directions and meet at (a place)" or "gradually change so as to become similar or develop something in common." (source: The Internet, unnamed)
Infrastructure: "The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g., buildings, roads, and power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise." (source: The Internet, unnamed)
The Bertrand Russell quote at the end is powerful and so true. The business side has gutted newspapers, not editoral (I am a journalist if you couldn't guess). They didn't always control cards because times were good. That is true no longer.
And I agree that government needs to support innovation in manufacturing. Government always seems to be a step behind the need.
CRN's slideshow about Gartner's new "Magic Quadrant" on converged infrastructure does a nice job indentifying the leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players. The vertical axis is ability to execute and the horizontal axis is completeness of vision.
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