An Agile Infrastructure Needs
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 changei.e., virtualized servers.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 somethinganythingthat 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.
Yet were still straddled with a software pricing and licensing model that is "absolutely broken," Bittman said.