HP’s Converged Infrastructure, You Blockhead!!!
A few days ago, home for Thanksgiving, I encountered one of my old friends from childhood. A little wooden wagon, bright red with a pull string, now peeling paint. It holds as cargo about 50 wooden blocks of various shapes, sizes and colors. I remember wheeling these blocks around and then lovingly building towers that would come crashing down. You can’t get much better than that.
So I thought it was ironic this morning to read an article in the newspaper that stated that toy building blocks are finally back in style. There are now block workshops, block classes, even block consultants. Educators are finally realizing, once again, that blocks contribute to absorption of math concepts, higher test scores, and better language acquisition.
This is new news? There have been studies on this since the mid 20th century. Papers have been written on this topic, several major ones in the last decade. I could have told any researcher about this link — when I was six.
I had this same feeling looking at HP’s recent server announcement of future intentions. Project “Odyssey” is advertised as a development roadmap of UNIX and x86 architectures aimed at mission-critical computing focused on availability and performance. Here are my thoughts:
First and foremost, this is a roadmap folks. Roadmaps are nice. They help us look into the future. Just like with Itanium. And HP’s PC business. (Oh, right, that’s back on again, isn’t it?) Hardware availability dates are “around two years.” Wouldn’t bet my business on that one. Remember that the original Odyssey around the time of the Trojan war took ten years. Some of these integrated hardware/software architecture plans sound a bit to me like trying to force a square block into a round hole. It was always hard to do this when I was a kid. HP is touting that clients need to be able to choose the best environment for their needs. Gee, wow, sounds a lot like the established and well-respected IBM Fit for Purpose methodology. HP is promoting scale up and scale out abilities, application mobility, migration tools, sophisticated virtualization capabilities, RAS, and resiliency. Again, this is sounding very familiar to me. With IBM, you can get this NOW.
Meg needed to do something in light of Itanium/HP-UX decline. But instead of an “Odyssey” to Mars, it’s really just realizing what is basic to mission-critical computing — an area that IBM has excelled in for many, many years.
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