Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Future of the Data Centre 2006

Completing an interesting sequence of recent events, I attended and spoke at the recent Infoconomy Future of the Data Centre (FoDC) conference in London on June 6th and 7th. I spoke on the emerging consensus for enterprise IT architecture, comprising Virtualised Infrastructure; Service Orientated Acrchitecture and Integrated Web Services. Leveraging thought processes accumulated from several sources over the past month or so. The most interesting and newer insights came from WWW2006 where the theme was most definitely, the Semantic Web, or Web 2.0, see my previous post, and a really interesting discussion with Andy Mulholland, CTO at Capgemini, who shared his thoughts regarding the evolution of computing infrastructures to support a web services based collaboration space between organisations. The talk is posted on the Grid Computing Now!, and at the Information Age FoDC websites. Comments very welcome.
Apart from my inputs at the beginning of the conference, I was delighted to hear further evidence for the key steps in developing the enterprise IT infrastructure of the future from colleagues who spoke of Virtualisation; Service Orientation and Utility computing during the first day.
The second day was primarily about practical IT issues, configurations for ease of management of knowledge workers; a lot about power provisioning and cooling issues to do with modern computing equipment in the data centre. By the way have you come across the Green Grid Alliance? This is an association of several IT industry suppliers who have taken up the challenge of reducing the power consumption of IT equipment.


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