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.
David - agree with your comments. Imagine the benefit to be able to have any parts you need manufactured to order at a local facility. No more waiting a week (still have to wait for the print time though!). But agree that some of this could be held back by political aspects.
I do wonder though whether over time some of this may build sufficient momentum (possibly in the hands of clever entrepreneurs) to the extent that it overcomes political issues.
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.
Cloud computing is growing up, according to my 2014 outlook forecasts. It has reached the point where the cloud is commonplace, but that doesn't mean companies have maxed out of their cloud potential. Quite the opposite.
It's that time again when I make my forecasts for the new year. Sometimes, my predictions work out, sometimes not. Here's 10 topics that will be front and center for CIOs in 2014. What do you think I overlooked? Anyway, here goes.
While legal and technical aspects of the cloud journey are important, the first consideration is what will run on that cloud.
Recently, I was presenting to the IT strategy team of a large enterprise. I talked about the journey to cloud, what are the things you should review and what decisions should you take. Very quickly, the discussion boiled down to technology and legal aspects.
A good year ago I was in Quebec, and let me disclose something here … speaking French, I’m really welcome out there. We had a wonderful time. One of the customers we met was a local bank. Their IT team wanted to experiment with cloud and we convinced them that cloud enabling their development environment made a lot of sense.