Challenges of Utilizing New Technologies
Challenges of utilizing new technologies The new generation of commodity multi-core processors, flash memory and low latency interconnects offer tremendous potential in Web 2.0 and cloud computing data centers. But in reality, due to the extensive work to implement, the benefits are limited. The effort required to utilize these new technologies to solve today's severe performance, power, space and TCO challenges is significant. IT teams need to develop highly parallel middleware applications, a high-performance operating system, and develop and optimize numerous specialized configurations.This cannot happen soon enough, as exploding demand for services from today's Web and cloud computing data centers has placed existing architectures and technologies on a collision course with service availability. Dr. John Busch is President, CEO and co-founder of Schooner Information Technology. John has more than 25 years of industry experience. Prior to Schooner, he was research director of computer system architecture and analysis at Sun Microsystems laboratories from 1999 through 2006. In this role, he led research explorations in chip multiprocessing, advanced multitier clustered systems for deployment of Internet-based services, and advanced HPC systems. He received the top President's Award for Innovation at Sun, and oversaw many division technology transfers. Prior to Sun, John was VP of engineering and business partnerships with Diba, Inc., and was general manager of the Diba division after Sun acquired Diba in 1997. From 1989 to 1994, he was co-founder and CTO/VP of engineering of Clarity Software, and led creation of advanced multimedia composition and communication products for Sun, HP and IBM computer systems. From 1976 to 1993, he led many successful R&D programs at Hewlett-Packard in Computer Systems Research and Development. John holds a Ph.D. in Computer Systems Architecture from UCLA, a Master's degree in mathematics from UCLA, a Master's degree in computer science from Stanford University, and attended the Sloan Program at Stanford University. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adapting or inventing new deployment architectures to take advantage of the new technologies is a major undertaking (with large development and support costs which are not the core value of the businesses). Fortunately, new higher-level building blocks are now being introduced which address these challenges.