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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution 145

snydeq writes: Now that the technologies behind our servers and networks have stabilized, IT can look forward to a different kind of constant change, writes Paul Venezia. "In IT, we are actually seeing a bit of stasis. I don't mean that the IT world isn't moving at the speed of light — it is — but the technologies we use in our corporate data centers have progressed to the point where we can leave them be for the foreseeable future without worry that they will cause blocking problems in other areas of the infrastructure. What all this means for IT is not that we can finally sit back and take a break after decades of turbulence, but that we can now focus less on the foundational elements of IT and more on the refinements. ... In essence, we have finally built the transcontinental railroad, and now we can use it to completely transform our Wild West."
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The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

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  • by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @02:26AM (#47660809) Homepage Journal

    The article is a rather simplistic hardware-centric viewpoint. It doesn't even begin to touch on the areas where IT has always struggled: design, coding, debugging, and deployment. Instead it completely ignores the issue of software development, and instead bleats about how we can "roll back" servers with the click of a button in a virtual environment.

    Which, of course, conveniently ignores the fact that someone has to write the code that runs in those virtual servers, debug it, test it, integrate it, package it, and ship it. Should it be an upgrade to an existing service/server, add in the overhead of designing, coding, and testing the database migration scripts for it, and coordinating the deployments of application virtual servers with the database servers.

    Are things easier than they used to be? Perhaps for they basic system administration tasks.

    But those have never been where the bulk of time and budget go.

  • by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @03:17AM (#47660949)

    Are things easier than they used to be? Perhaps for they basic system administration tasks.

    But those have never been where the bulk of time and budget go.

    They could be if you did not know what you were doing. Like I suspect the author of TFA did not know.

    From TFA:

    Where we once walked on tightropes every day doing basic server maintenance, we are now afforded nearly instant undo buttons, as snapshots of virtual servers allow us to roll back server updates and changes with a click.

    If he's talking about a production system then he's an idiot.

    If he's talking about a test system then what does it matter? The time spent running the tests was a lot longer than the time spent restoring a system if any of those tests failed.

    And finally:

    Within the course of a decade or so, we saw networking technology progress from 10Base-2 to 10Base-T, to 100Base-T to Gigabit Ethernet. Each leap required systemic changes in the data center and in the corporate network.

    WTF is 10Base-2 doing there? I haven't seen that since the mid-90's. Meanwhile, every PC that I've seen in the last 10 years has had built-in gigabit Ethernet.

    If he wants to talk about hardware then he needs to talk about thing like Cisco Nexus. And even that is not "new".

    And, as you pointed out, the PROGRAMMING aspects always lag way behind the physical aspects. And writing good code is as difficult today as it has ever been.

  • Oh lookie... (Score:4, Informative)

    by roger10-4 ( 3654435 ) on Wednesday August 13, 2014 @04:40AM (#47661227)
    Another submission to a superficial article from syndeq to drum up traffic for Info World.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein