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Published: 22 Oct 2012

The IT industry can be like an accordion, playing v-e-r-y s-l-o-w–l-y. After eight or 10 years of gradual expansion, there's a period of consolidation that seems to take nearly as long. I'm not sure what the IT accordion sounds like, but I think vendors must hear sweet music as we purchase new technologies and squeeze out old ones. A few decades ago, IT was strictly centralized. Big iron was the name of the game, and the centerpieces of corporate data centers were massive mainframes hooked into dedicated disk and tape systems. If you wanted to do anything computer related, you got on the waiting list to claim a slice of mainframe time. That didn't work all that well, especially when PCs popped up and people realized that instead of queuing up for the mainframe they might be able to get some work done. Feeling threatened, IT declared the mainframe dead and set about building distributed computing environments with networks of shared storage. Fast forward to today. Consolidation is in, and silos or islands (whatever you want to call them) are out. Where 10 ... Access >>>

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