Writing about technology is, by nature, an exercise in predicting the future. And when it comes to enterprise technology, the question hanging over nearly everyone’s head is: “What will happen to my data center?”
To be sure, data is the lifeblood of the enterprise. But the infrastructure used to process and manipulate that data is in a constant state of flux. In today’s world, the biggest changes involve virtualization, software-defined systems and the cloud, all of which are steadily breaking down the close relationships that once existed between hardware, software and middleware platforms, while at the same time ushering in new levels of dynamism and diversity across data environments.