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Industry trends and perspective data protection modernization

 

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The StorageIO industry links page has been updated with over thousand different industry related companies, vendors, vars, trade groups, component and solution suppliers along with cloud and managed service providers. The common theme with these industry links is information and data infrastructures which means severs, storage, IO and networking, hardware, software, applications and tools, services, products and related items for traditional, virtual and cloud environments.

 

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Ok, nuff said for now.

 

Cheers Gs

Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) logo

 

The Open  Data Center Alliance (ODCA)  has announced and published more documents for data center customers of cloud usage. These new cloud usage models for to address customer demands for interoperability of various clouds and services before for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) among other topics which are now joined by the new Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and foundational document for cloud interoperability.

 

Unlike most industry trade groups or alliances that are vendor driven or centric, ODCA is consortium of global IT leaders (e.g. customers) that is vendor independent and comprises as 12 member steering committee from member companies (e.g. customers), learn more about ODCA here.

 

Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) logo image

 

Disclosure note, StorageIO is an ODCA member, visit here to become an ODCA member.

 

From the ODCA announcement of the new documents:

    

The documents detail expectations for  market delivery to the organizations mission of open, industry standard cloud  solution adoption, and discussions have already begun with providers to help  accelerate delivery of solutions based on these new requirements. This suite of  requirements was joined by a Best Practices document from National Australia  Bank (NAB) outlining carbon footprint reductions in cloud computing. NAB’s  paper illustrates their leadership in innovative methods to report carbon  emissions in the cloud and aligns their best practices to underlying Alliance  requirements. All of these documents are available in the ODCA Documents Library.

 

The PaaS interoperability usage  model outlines requirements for rapid application deployment, application  scalability, application migration and business continuity. The SaaS  interoperability usage model makes applications available on demand, and  encourages consistent mechanisms, enabling cloud subscribers to efficiently  consume SaaS via standard interactions. In concert with these usage models, the  Alliance published the ODCA Guide to Interoperability, which describes proposed  requirements for interoperability, portability and interconnectivity. The  documents are designed to ensure that companies are able to move workloads  across clouds.

 

 

It is great to see IT customer driven or centric groups step and actually deliver content and material to help their peers, or in some cases competitors that compliments information provided by vendors and vendor driven trade groups.

 

As with technologies, tools and services that often are seen as competitive, a mistake would be viewing ODCA as or in competition with other industry trade groups and organizations or vise versa. Rather, IT organizations and vendors can and should leverage the different content from the various sources. This is an opportunity for example vendors to learn more about what the customers are thinking or concerned about as opposed to telling IT organizations what to be looking at and vise versa.

 

Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) logo

 

Granted some marketing organizations or even trade groups may not like that and view groups such as ODCA as giving away control of who decides what is best for them. Smart vendors, vars, business partners, consultants and advisors are and will leverage material and resources such as ODCA, and likewise, groups like ODCA are open to including a diverse membership unlike some pay to play industry vendor centric trade groups. If you are a vendor, var or business partner, don't look at ODCA as a threat, instead, explore how your customers or prospects may be involved with, or using ODCA material and leverage that as a differentiator between you and your competitor.

 

Likewise don't be scared of vendor centric industry trade groups, alliances or consortiums, even the pay to play ones can have some value, although some have more value than others. For example from a storage and storage networking perspective, there are the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) along with their various groups focused on Green and Energy along with  Cloud Data Management Initiative (CDMI) related topics among others. There is also the SCSI Trade Association (STA) along with the Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA) not to mention the Open Fabric Alliance (OVA), Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and Computer Measurement Group (CMG) among many others that do good work and offer value with diverse content and offerings, some of which are free including to non members.

 

Learn more about the ODCA here, along with access various documents including usage models in the ODCA document library here.

 

While you are at, why not join StorageIO and other members by signing up to become a part of the ODCA here.

 

Ok, nuff said for now.

 

Cheers Gs

How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need?

 

IBM recently took a flash step announcing it wants and needs more SSD capabilities in different packaging and functionality capabilities to meet the demands and opportunities of customers, business partners and prospects  by acquiring Texas Memory Systems (TMS).

 

IBM buys SSD flash vendor TMS

 

Unlike most of the current generation of SSD vendors besides those actually making the dies (chips or semiconductors) or SSD drives that are startups or relatively new, TMS is the industry veteran. Where most of the current SSD vendors experiences (as companies) is measured in months or at best years, TMS has seen several generations and SSD adoption cycles during its multi-decade existence.

 

IBM buys SSD vendor Texas Memory Systems TMS

 

What this means is that TMS has been around during past dynamic random access memory (DRAM) based SSD cycles or eras, as well as being an early adopter and player in the current nand flash SSD era or cycle.

 

Granted, some in the industry do not consider the previous DRAM based generation of products as being SSD, and vice versa, some DRAM era SSD aficionados do not consider nand flash as being real SSD. Needless to say that there are many faces or facets to SSD ranging in media (DRAM, and nand flash among others) along with packaging for different use cases and functionality.

 

IBM along with some other vendors recognize that the best type of IO is the one that you do not have to do. However reality is that some type of Input Output (IO) operations need to be done with computer systems. Hence the second best type of IO is the one that can be done with the least impact to applications in a cost-effective way to meet specific service level objectives (SLO) requirements. This includes leveraging main memory or DRAM as cache or buffers along with server-based PCIe SSD flash cards as cache or target devices, along with internal SSD drives, as well as external SSD drives and SSD drives and flash cards in traditional storage systems or appliances as well as purpose-built SSD storage systems.

 

While TMS does not build the real nand flash single level cell (SLC) or multi-level cell (MLC) SSD drives (like those built by Intel, Micron, Samsung, SANdisk, Seagate, STEC and Western Digital (WD) among others), TMS does incorporate nand flash chips or components that are also used by others who also make nand flash PCIe cards and storage systems.

 

StorageIO industry trend for storage IO

 

IMHO this is a good move for both TMS and IBM, both of whom have been StorageIO clients in the past (here, here and here) that was a disclosure btw   as it gives TMS, their partners and customers a clear path and large organization able to invest in the technologies and solutions on a go forward basis. In other words, TMS who had looked to be bought gets certainty about their future as do they clients.

 

IBM who has used SSD based components such as PCIe flash SSD cards and SSD based drives from various suppliers gets a PCIe SSD card of their own, along with purpose-built mature SSD storage systems that have lineages to both DRAM and nand flash-based experiences. Thus IBM controls some of their own SSD intellectual property (e.g. IP) for PCIe cards that can go in theory into their servers, as well as storage systems and appliances that use  Intel based (e.g. xSeries from IBM) and IBM Power processor based servers as a platform such. For example DS8000 (Power processor), and Intel based XIV, SONAS, V7000, SVC, ProtecTier and Pursystems (some are Power based).

 

In addition IBM also gets a field proven purpose-built all SSD storage system to compete with those from startups (Kaminario, Purestorage, Solidfire, Violin and Whiptail among others), as well as those being announced from competitors such as EMC (e.g. project X and project thunder) in addition to SSD drives that can go into servers and storage systems.

 

The question should not be if SSD is in your future, rather where will you be using it, in the server or a storage system, as a cache or a target, as a PCIe target or cache card or as a drive or as a storage system. This also means the question of how much SSD do you need along with what type (flash or DRAM), for what applications and how configured among other topics.

 

Storage and Memory Hirearchy diagram where SSD fits

 

What this means is that there are many locations and places where SSD fits, one type of product or model does not fit or meet all requirements and thus IBM with their acquisition of TMS, along with presumed partnership with other SSD based components will be able to offer a diverse SSD portfolio.

 

StorageIO industry trend for storage IO

 

The industry trend is for vendors such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, IBM, HP, NetApp, Oracle and others all of whom are either physical server and storage vendors, or in the case of EMC, virtual servers partnered with Cisco (vBlock and VCE) and Lenovo for physical servers.

 

Different types and locations for SSD

 

Thus it only makes sense for those vendors to offer diverse SSD product and solution offerings to meet different customer and application needs vs. having a single solution that users adapt to. In other words, if all you have is a hammer, everything needs to look like a nail, however if you have a tool box of various technologies, then it comes down to being able to leverage including articulating what to use when, where, why and how for different situations.

 

I think this is a good move for both IBM and TMS. Now lets watch how IBM and TMS can go beyond the press release, slide decks and webex briefings covering why it is a good move to justify their acquisition and plans, moving forward and to see the results of what is actually accomplished near and long-term.

 

Read added industry trends and perspective commentary about IBM buying TMS here and here, as well as check out these related posts and content:

How much SSD do you need vs. want?
What is the best kind of IO? The one you do not have to do

Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be
Has SSD put Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) On Endangered Species List?
Why SSD based arrays and storage appliances can be a good idea (Part I)
EMC VFCache respinning SSD and intelligent caching (Part I)
SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments: Part I Spinning up to speed on SSD
Speaking of speeding up business with SSD storage
Is SSD dead? No, however some vendors might be
Part I: PureSystems, something old, something new, something from big blue
The Many Faces of Solid State Devices/Disks (SSD)

SSD and Green IT moving beyond green washing

Meanwhile, congratulations to both IBM and TMS, ok, nuff said (for now).

 

Cheers Gs

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced spending $1.05 billion USD acquiring  startup Nicira for their virtualization and software technology that enables  software defined networks (SDN). Also last week Oracle was in the news getting its hands slapped by for making misleading advertisement performance claims vs. IBM.

 

Oracle image

 

On the heals of VMware buying Nicira for software defined networking  (SDN) or what is also known as IO virtualization (IOV) and virtualized  networking, Oracle is now claiming their own SDN capabilities with their announcement of intent  to acquire Xsigo. Founded in 2004, Xsigo has a hardware platform combined  with software to enable attachment of servers to different Fibre Channel (SAN)  and Ethernet based (LAN) networks with their version of IOV.   

 

Now its Oracle who has announced that it will be  acquiring IO, networking, virtualization hardware and software vendor Xsigo  founded in 2004 for an undisclosed amount. Xsigo has made its name in the IO  virtualization (IOV) and converged networking along with server and storage  virtualization space over the past several years including partnerships with  various vendors.

 

Buzz word bingo

 

Technology buzzwords and buzz terms can often be a gray  area leaving plenty of room for marketers and PR folks to run with. Case in  point AaaS, Big data, Cloud, Compliance, Green, IaaS, IOV, Orchestration, PaaS  and Virtualization among other buzzword bingo or XaaS topics. Since Xsigo has  been out front in messaging and industry awareness around IO networking  convergence of Ethernet based Local Area Networks (LANs) and Fibre Channel (FC)  based Storage Area Networks (SANs), along with embracing InfiniBand, it made  sense for them to play to their strength which is IO virtualization (aka IOV).

 

Open Networking Forum and OpenFlow

 

Too me and among others (here and here and here)  it is interesting that Xsigo has not laid claims to being part of the software  defined networking (SDN) movement or the affiliated OpenFlow networking  initiatives as happens with Nicira (and Oracle for that matter). In the  press release that the Oracle marketing and PR folks put out on a Monday  morning, some of the media and press, both trade industry, financial and  general news agency took the Oracle script hook line and sinker running with  it.

 

What was effective is how well many industry trade pubs  and their analysts simply picked up the press release story and ran with it in  the all too common race to see who can get the news or story out first, or  before it actually happens in some cases.

Image of media, news papers

 

Too be clear, not all pubs jumped including some of those  mentioned by Greg Knieriemen (aka @knieriemen)  over at SpeakinginTech highlights. I know some who took the time to call, ask around, leverage their  journalistic training to dig, research and find out what this really meant vs.  simply taking and running with the script. An example of one of those calls that  I had was with Beth Pariseu (aka @pariseautt)  that you can read her story here and here.

 

Interesting enough, the Xsigo  marketers had not embraced the SDN term sticking with the more known (at  least in some circles) VIO and VIO descriptions. What is also interesting is  just last week Oracle marketing had their hands slapped by the Better Business  Bureau (BBB) NAD after IBM complained about unfair performance based  advertisements on ExaData.

 

Oracle Exadata

 

Hmm, I wonder if the SDN  police or somebody else will lodge a similar complaint with the BBB on behalf of those doing SDN?

 

Both Oracle and Xsigo along with other InfiniBand (and  some Ethernet and PCIe) focused vendors are members of the Open Fabric initiative, not to be confused with the group working on OpenFlow.

 

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

Here are some other things to think about:

 

Oracle has a history of doing different acquisitions  without disclosing terms, as well as doing them based on earn outs such as was  the case with Pillar.

Oracle use Ethernet in the servers and appliances as well  as has been an adopter of InfiniBand primarily for node to node communication,  however also for server to application.

 

Oracle is also an investor in Mellanox the folks that  make InfiniBand and Ethernet products.

Oracle has built various stacks including ExaData  (Database machine), Exalogic, Exalytics and Database Appliance in addition to  their 7000 series of storage systems.

Oracle has done earlier virtualization related acquisitions  including Virtual Iron.

Oracle has a reputation with some of their customers who  love to hate them for various reasons.

Oracle has a reputation of being aggressive, even by  other market leader aggressive standards.

Integrated solution stacks (aka stack wars) or what some  remember as bundles continues and Oracle has many solutions.

What will happen to Xsigo as you know it today (besides  what the press releases are saying).

While Xsigo was not a member of the Open Networking Forum (ONF), Oracle  is.

Xsigo  is a member of the Open Fabric Alliance along  with Oracle, Mellanox and others interested in servers, PCIe, InfiniBand,  Ethernet, networking and storage.

 

https://www.openfabrics.org/images/ofalogos/ofa-logo.png
 

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

What's my take?

 

While there are similarities in that both Nicira and Xsigo  are involved with IO Virtualization, what they are doing, how they are doing it,  who they are doing it with along with where they can play vary.

 

Not sure what Oracle paid however assuming that it was in  the couple of million dollars or less, cash or combination of stock, both they  and the investors as well as some of the employees, friends and family's did  ok.

 

Oracle also gets some intellectual property that they  can combine with other earlier acquisitions via Sun and Virtual Iron along with  their investment in InfiniBand (also now Ethernet) vendor Mellanox

 

Likewise, Oracle gets some extra technology that  they can leverage in their various stacked or integrated (aka bundled)  solutions for both virtual and physical environments.

 

For Xsigo customers the good news is that you now know  who will be buying the company, however  and should be questions about  the future beyond what is being said in press releases.

 

Does this acquisition give Oracle a play in the software defined  networking space like Nicira gives to VMware I would say no given their  hardware dependency, however it does give Oracle some extra technology to  play with.

 

Likewise while important and a popular buzzword topic  (e.g. SDN), since OpenFlow comes up in conversations, perhaps that should be  more of the focus vs. if a solution is all software or hardware and software.

 

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

I also find it entertaining how last week the Better  Business Bureau (BBB) and NAD (National Advertising Division) slapped Oracles hands  after IBM complaints of misleading performance claims about Oracle  ExaData vs. IBM. The reason I find it entertaining is not that Oracle had  its hands slapped or that IBM complained to the BBB, rather how the Oracle  marketers and PR folks came up with a spin around what could be called a  proprietary SDN (hmm, pSDN ?) story feed it to the press and media who then ran  with it.

 

Im not convinced that this is an all our launch of a war by Oracle vs. Cisco let alone any of the other networking vendors as some have speculated (makes for good headlines though). Instead Im seeing it as more of an opportunistic acquisition by Oracle most likely at a good middle of summer price. Now if Oracle really wanted to go to battle with Cisco (and others), then there are others to buy such as Brocade, Juniper, etc etc etc. However there are other opportunities for Oracle to be focused (or side tracked on right now).

 

Oh, lets also see what Cisco has to say about all of this which should be interesting.

 

Additional related links:
  Data Center I/O  Bottlenecks Performance Issues and Impacts
  I/O, I/O, Its  off to Virtual Work and VMworld I Go (or went)
  I/O  Virtualization (IOV) Revisited
  Industry  Trends and Perspectives: Converged Networking and IO Virtualization (IOV)
  The function of  XaaS(X) Pick a letter
  What is the  best kind of IO? The one you do not have to do
  Why FC and  FCoE vendors get beat up over bandwidth?

 

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

If you are interested in learning more about IOV, Xisgo,  or are having trouble sleeping, click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here,  or here (I think that’s enough links for now ;).

 

Ok, nuff said for now as I have probably requalified for  being on the Oracle you know what list for not sticking to the story script, opps, excuse me, I mean press release message.

 

Cheers Gs

EMC and EMCworldLenovo Thinkpad

 

The  past several weeks have been busy with various merger, acquisitions and collaborating activity in the IT and data storage world. Summer time often brings new relationships  and even summer marriages. The  most recent is EMC and Lenovo  announcing a new partnership that includes OEM sourcing of technology,  market expansion and other initiatives. Hmm, does anybody remember who EMCs  former desktop and server partner was, or who put Lenovo out for adoption  several years ago?

 

Here  is the press  release from EMC and Lenovo that you can read yourself vs. me simply  paraphrasing it:

 

Lenovo and  EMC Team Up In Strategic Worldwide Partnership
    A Solid Step in Lenovo’s  Aspiration to Be a Player in Industry Standard Servers and Networked Storage  with EMC’s Leading Technology; EMC Further Strengthens Ability to Serve  Customers’ Storage Solutions Needs in China and Other Emerging Markets;  Companies Agree to Form SMB-Focused Storage Joint Venture
    BEIJING, China - August 1, 2012
    Lenovo  (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) and EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) today announced a  broad partnership that enhances Lenovo’s position in industry standard servers  and networked storage solutions, while significantly expanding EMC’s reach in  China and other key, high-growth markets. The new partnership is expected to  spark innovation and additional R&D in the server and storage markets by  maximizing the product development talents and resources at both companies,  while driving scale and efficiency in the partners' respective supply chains.
    The  partnership is a strong strategic fit, leveraging the two leading companies’  respective strengths, across three main areas:

  • First,  Lenovo and EMC have formed a server technology development program that will  accelerate and extend Lenovo’s capabilities in the x86 industry-standard server  segment. These servers will be brought to market by Lenovo and embedded into  selected EMC storage systems over time.
  • Second,  the companies have forged an OEM and reseller relationship in which Lenovo will  provide EMC’s industry-leading networked storage solutions to its customers,  initially in China and expanding into other global markets in step with the  ongoing development of its server business.
  • Finally,  EMC and Lenovo plan to bring certain assets and resources from EMC’s Iomega  business into a new joint venture which will provide Network Attached Storage  (NAS) systems to small/medium businesses (SMB) and distributed enterprise  sites.

“Today’s  announcement with industry leader EMC is another solid step in our journey to  build on our foundation in PCs and become a leader in the new PC-plus era,”  said Yuanqing Yang, Lenovo chairman and CEO. “This partnership will help us  fully deliver on our PC-plus strategy by giving us strong back-end capabilities  and business foundation in servers and storage, in addition to our already  strong position in devices. EMC is the perfect partner to help us fully realize  the PC-plus opportunity in the long term.”
    Joe  Tucci, chairman and CEO of EMC, said, “The relationship with Lenovo represents  a powerful opportunity for EMC to significantly expand our presence in China, a  vibrant and very important market, and extend it to other parts of the world  over time. Lenovo has clearly demonstrated its ability to apply its  considerable resources and expertise not only to enter, but to lead major  market segments. We’re excited to partner with Lenovo as we focus our combined  energies serving a broader range of customers with industry-leading storage and  server solutions.”
    In the  joint venture, Lenovo will contribute cash, while EMC will contribute certain  assets and resources of Iomega. Upon closing, Lenovo will hold a majority  interest in the new joint venture. During and after the transition from  independent operations to the joint venture, customers will experience  continuity of service, product delivery and warranty fulfillment. The joint  venture is subject to customary closing procedures including regulatory  approvals and is expected to close by the end of 2012.
    The  partnership described here is not considered material to either company’s  current fiscal year earnings.
    About Lenovo
    Lenovo  (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal technology company and the  world’s second largest PC company, serving customers in more than 160  countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile  internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly  efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo  Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the Company  develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and  easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include  legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well  as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including  tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan;  Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more  information, see www.lenovo.com.
    About EMC
    EMC  Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to  transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this  transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services,  EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to  store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in  a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC  can be found at www.EMC.com.

 

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

What is my take?

 

Disclosures
I have been buying and using Lenovo desktop and laptop products for over a decade and currently typing this post from my X1 ThinkPad equipped with a Samsung  SSD. Likewise I bought an Iomega IX4 NAS a couple of years ago (so I am a  customer), am a Retrospect customer (EMC bought and then sold them off), used  to be a Mozy user (now a former customer) and EMC has been a client of  StorageIO in the past.

 

Lenovo Thinkpad
Some of my Lenovo(s) and EMC Iomega IX4

 

Let us take a step back for a moment, Lenovo was the spinout  and sale from IBM who has a US base in Raleigh  North Carolina. While IBM still partners with Lenovo for desktops, IBM over  the past years or decade(s) has been more strategically focused on big  enterprise environments, software and services. Note that IBM has continued  enhancing its own Intel based servers (e.g. xSeries), propriety Power processor series, storage and  technology solutions (here, here, here and here among others). However, for  the most part, IBM has moved away from catering to the Consumer, SOHO and SMB  server, storage, desktop and related technology environments.

 

EMC on the other hand started out in the data center  growing up to challenge IBMs dominance of data storage in big environments to  now being the industry maker storage player for big and little data, from  enterprise to cloud to desktop to server, consumer to data center. EMC also was  partnered with Dell who competes directly with Lenovo until that relationship  ended a few years ago. EMC for its part has been on a growth and expansion strategy  adding technologies, companies, DNA and ability along with staff in the  desktop, server and other spaces from a data, information and storage  perspective not to mention VMware (virtualization and cloud), RSA (security)  among others such as Mozy for cloud backup. EMC is also using more servers in  its solutions ranging from Iomega based NAS to VNX unified storage systems,  Greenplum big data to Centera archiving, ATMOS and various data protection  solutions among other products.

 

StorageIO industry trends and perspectives

 

Note that this is an industry wide trend of leveraging  Intel Architecture (IA) along with AMD, Broadcom, and IBM Power among other general-purpose  processors and servers as platforms for running storage and data applications  or appliances.

 

Overall, I think that this is a good move for both EMC  and Lenovo to expand their reach into different adjacent markets leveraging and  complimenting each other strengths. Also check this article by Lucas Mearian with some additional perspectives by myself and others.

 

Ok, lets see who is involved in the next IT summer relationship, nuff said for now.

Cheers Gs

Dan Tynan has a good  piece over at InfoWorlddiscussing the 9 most endangered species (e.g. skill sets) in the IT workforce. His  article is along the lines that the IT job landscape is evolving rapidly  and provides some ideas and points for discussion how to avoid becoming  extinct.

Here is an excerpt from Dans article:

   

How to avoid extinction: Broaden and diversify your knowledge base now, while there's still time, says Greg Schulz, senior adviser for the StorageIO Group, an IT infrastructure consultancy.    

 

"If you are the hardware guy, you better start learning and embracing software," he says. "If you are the software geek, time to appreciate the hardware. If you are infrastructure-focused, it's time to learn about the business and its applications. You don't want to be overgeneralized, but make sure to balance broader knowledge with depth in different areas."

 

Check  out Dans article to see what the other endangered skill sets are, along with other perspectives by myself and others as well as what you can do to avoid becoming extinct. Hmm, maybe read a book?

 

Ok, nuff said.

 

Cheers Gs