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April 2013, Volume 2, Number 4

Don't let new tech and early adoption pride damage your data center

When it comes to modernizing IT strategies and infrastructure, the first, worst and most common pitfall is being distracted by early adoption of shiny new gear and ignoring the need to rethink how that new gear is sourced, organized, managed and used. It's easy to just keep doing what you were doing. But that leaves most of the potential value on the table. Modern infrastructure isn't about having the latest and greatest gear. If it were, everyone would just buy it, and things would be ducky. The real opportunity is improving IT's attributes and outcomes: How fast it provides answers. How fast it moves, changes and adapts. How much it costs. How well it supports and grows business opportunity. Changing those things requires re-architecting the data center -- and indeed, the greater IT supply chain. We saw this, for example, with the first generations of blade servers. They provided a cool new form factor with exceptional compute density and great plug-and-go flexibility. But many blade adopters didn't focus on making a ...

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