Just imagine the convergence of three well known technologies and how, together, they will define a new information technology model that will fundamentally change the way we do business.
"These three technologies are well known: virtualization, SOA, and grid computing. The fundamental dynamic taking place is that it will become increasingly easier to plan and schedule corporate data from the applications that manipulate the data from the compute engines on which the applications run. In other words, each of these three entities—data, applications, and processing—can be allocated and metered precisely to support any business goal.
Together, these three technologies define what is called a virtual service oriented grid environment where servicelets constitute the preferred implementation vehicle.
The speedup in application development and integration will speed up the deployment of IT capabilities, which in turn will have a consequential effect on the organization’s business agility. Decision makers will have increasing capability to select the level of capital and operations expenses that best suits an organization’s business goals. For instance, it is difficult to achieve server load factors beyond the 5 to 15 percent range running applications straight on physical servers. Virtualization acts like a gearbox allowing the piling up of application instances on a physical server and increasing utilization factors to 60 percent and beyond. Hence virtualization lessens the need for preventive over-provisioning and allowing the deferral of equipment purchases."
This is a portion of a new book out in August from Intel Press titled: The Business Value of Virtual Service-Oriented Grids Strategic Insights for Enterprise Decision Makers and it based around this new technology model that will make a huge impact on the way things are done in IT in the future. I have had the pleasure to get a sneak peek at this book and I'm impressed with its content and vision of the not-so-distant future.
You should add this one to your list of reads for the late summer, I know that I will be
Paradigm shift? What are your thoughts folks?