I always enjoy reading posts on my friend and colleague Steve Duplessie’s blog. Todays is exceptional. Steve has the rarest of talents, the ability to cut through the noise and get straight to the real issue. That’s why Enterprise Strategy Group is the best analyst firm in the world and has a client list that reads like a who’s who of IT. It seems that if you are not an ESG client you aren’t going to cut it. Ask around, check it out I am right.
So back to Steve’s blog. Solid State Disks (SSD) are the next hottest trend after cloud computing and just about everyone is talking about them. SSDs are the death of the spinning disk. SSDs will solve Global Warming. SSDs deliver incredible performance so we can stop thinking about hotspots on storage arrays. Well SSDs are cool they are disruptive, (some of you might know that I am on the Fusion-io Industry Advisory Board so I absolutely get it) but they don’t solve world hunger.
In fact as Steve says in his blog all that SSDs do is fix an element of a problem. A highly technical problem that deals with and avoids stuff like short stroke disks and wide striping. But actually that just isn’t that relevant. Nor is Cloud Computing, or Blade Servers or air side economizers or any of the myriad of technical stuff that we hear about every day in our media.
In a perfect and simpler world, everything would be joined up, compatible and planned. With distributed systems everything is done in silos that are absolutely not joined up so things like balancing workload, capacity planning and management are alien concepts and counter intuitive to the modern operating model. Point solutions, low hanging fruit projects executed in an environment where enterprise architecture is so divorced from the customer and IT operations that it is meaningless. It follows the teenage mindset that putting a sports exhaust on a rusty, beaten up ride fixes everything.
We need a framework to operate in. One that helps us to continuously migrate towards a better IT. One that says SSDs are cool and if we use them in a thought out way, they fit the framework and we move forwards and it is good. Otherwise all the great stuff is just another loud chrome plated exhaust system on a teenagers pride and joy.