The data center capacity crisis

Back in the mid 2000s I was working in a data center.  If you’re unfamiliar, this is where all the servers live that run the applications we use everyday.

Back then we had a BIG problem.  We were running out of capacity.  The demand for infrastructure was growing SO fast that we couldn’t install enough servers, AC to keep them running cool and were even running out of physical space.

We were a bit panicked and didn’t know what to do.  Then, technology evolved.

Virtualization technology from companies like VMWare and Microsoft Hyper-V were invented.  This enabled us to make MUCH better usage of the resources we had.

Ultimately the trend was reversed (we needed less servers) and the crisis was averted.

So why am I telling you this story?

Well it’s because the invention of this new technology changed the teams who manage it.  Before, we needed a TON of people who knew hardware.  After, those skills become commoditized and we quickly needed to hire a TON of people that knew how to use the new software.

The point here is I believe we at the beginning of a new wave of technology evolution with AI and your teams are going to need to change whether you’re ready for it or not.

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