I guess "Converged Infrastructure for Intelligent IT Leaders" as a title would have lacked sizzle. The fact is we've gotten a lot of requests for Converged Infrastructure for Dummies - 2nd edition. There's huge interest in converged infrastructure and a steep learning curve. Thanks for hammering away on the topic, Duncan.
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.
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