[clug] Interesting article

Sam Couter sam at couter.id.au
Mon Jan 5 11:39:35 GMT 2009

Michael James <michael at james.st> wrote:
> IT becomes an increasingly throwaway business. 
> Forget complex processor technology or clever storage solutions.
> Install massive redundancy of cheap commodity gear.

Commodity gear is cheap. Managing said gear is not, neither is power and
data centre space. It's much easier (cheaper) to manage fewer powerful
blade servers or massive virtual servers than piles of rinky-dink
commodity gear. The purchase price of the hardware is insignificant
compared to other overhead. Even just finding people who know how to
effectively configure piles of redundant commodity gear makes it not
very cheap anymore.

> Just about every major company funds a junkyard
>  of application systems and technologies attached to them.

That's because they have applications that do something approximating
the job that they need to do, and the attached technologies come along
for the ride because they're hard to remove or replace.

> Depression-level economics will force line managers
>  to actually take charge of this expense they unknowingly caused.

Bullshit. Budgeting games, buck-passing and politics in the boardroom
don't change just because poor people have less money to spend.
Sam Couter         |  mailto:sam at couter.id.au
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