An Agile Infrastructure Needs

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-10-17 Print this article Print

Flexibility"> So lets get this straight: Technological and business change is speeding up. Businesses are reorganizing around business processes, trying to get ready to move to the Web services model and embrace next-generation instant-messaging, RSS and ATOM syndication technologies. To stay agile, IT infrastructure has got to reflect changes by providing flexible systems that can rapidly change—i.e., virtualized servers.
Yet were still straddled with a software pricing and licensing model that is "absolutely broken," Bittman said.
Yes, Bittman said, we have to move faster, but right now were hobbled. "How can you virtualize if a vendor wants to charge you based on the physical aspects of each server?" he said. The showgoer concurred, pointing to Microsofts operating system licensing terms as the main vendor holding Westinghouse back. What does it mean? It means a bit of confusion for the next few years, and it caused the Westinghouse rep to pore over his session list to find something—anything—that presented people who are actually saving money with virtualization. The message so far from Gartner Symposium: Be fast. Be agile. Be flexible. Dont scare your CIOs. And for Gods sake, dont drop the spinning teacups. The madcap, musical, multianalyst keynote? Technically, it wasnt musical. But yikes, it might as well be. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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