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If Everything is a Service, Why Do We Need Data Centers?

June 1, 2017

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Imagine a remake of the original Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. Eerie music is playing during that iconic final scene. The camera closely follows a clerk pushing a crate containing the Ark of the Covenant. It pans out. In the 21st Century version, the vast warehouse doesn’t contain endless rows of shelving and boxes. It is completely empty except for a desk, a computer and a shipping bay. Cut to a UPS truck arriving at the bay to take the crate to an unknown destination.

The IT version would be a data center manager sitting at a computer console in an otherwise empty basement. All the hardware and software that used to be neatly arranged in rows within that data center is now in the cloud. Could this be the fate that awaits us if Everything-as-a-service (XaaS) progresses to its logical conclusion?

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