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Vol. 5, No. 8

Stand-alone servers are alone no more

Hyper-converged infrastructure has shaken up the server market, and stand-alone servers are certainly on "Treacherous Ground." The stand-alone server has been replaced by integrated appliances faster than it took you to read this sentence. And recent trends show that more bundling and integration is the future of data center hardware.

But life isn't always difficult for IT pros, as these pre-validated appliances reduce time to deployment and offer a one-throat-to-choke support paradigm. But their jobs aren't exactly peachy. Hyper-converged infrastructure sets a new standard for speed and agility. In the age of self-service clouds, being a GUI-based admin responding to one-off user requests is no longer enough.

The data center is changing. Don't wake up and realize you spent the time and effort to refresh your hardware -- but not your skills.

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