With Intel's heavy involvement, and with much of the core technology now common, networking and storage won't lag any more. The cadence for advancement across the three segments will be aligned-not to mention far faster. We'll likely see collective benefits where the total is greater than the sum of the parts, too, with updated systems built on Intel technology forming integrated platforms across all three areas over the next five years.
CIO 100 Winner Profile: Intel (2012)
This suggests that, if you aren't a fan of change, then IT may not be where you want to be. But if you like saving money, and you don't mind some disruption, then knowing how to apply these changes could help you rise through the ranks in your organization as a strategic asset.
In any case, hang on to your seats. Intel plans to destroy the legacy data center and replace it with something amazing.
Rob Enderle is president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. Previously, he was the Senior Research Fellow for Forrester Research and the Giga Information Group. Prior to that he worked for IBM and held positions in Internal Audit, Competitive Analysis, Marketing, Finance and Security. Currently, Enderle writes on emerging technology, security and Linux for a variety of publications and appears on national news TV shows that include CNBC, FOX, Bloomberg and NPR.
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