A long, long time ago, I played a bit of ice hockey. It was nothing really organized -- more along the lines of pickup games with co-workers. Then, as my kids got into hockey, I helped out as a volunteer coach.
It seems to never fail: People get comfortable with a technology, adoption picks up, bright entrepreneurs see how they can innovate, and someone else comes along and says they have the next great thing ready to go as a replacement.
One of the commenters on a blog posted by Google's datacenter chief Joe Kava may have said it best, pointing out that big data can drive a neural network with machine learning that manages the storage and processing of big data.
Reading a Harvard Business Review piece yesterday I found myself thinking about what it might be like to be in the shoes of some IT team that is tasked with acquiring, commissioning, and managing the systems and storage that will support their company's big-data analytics initiative.
I'm wrestling with a bit of a disconnect in the datacenter community, one where change and new opportunities are out there, but rather than pursue those opportunities some datacenter and networking professionals may be bunkered down.