Marc Payne, vice president Enterprise Servers, Storage & Networking Iberia in his keynote explained the rationale behind what HP calls IT sprawl. Many datacenters have grown into extremely complex and difficult to modify infrastructures. Too many servers are still being used for only one purpose, built on top of a variety of storage devices, housing hundreds of applications, complicated by a horrible amount of cables of all sorts and with hardly any management software in place to make it at least look like a coherent system.
The same is beginning to apply to the home with an ever increasing number of devices all connected to the Internet: desktops, laptops, tablets, media centers, servers, phones and television sets, although you wouldn’t expect a system management in place for the home (yet). Wait till pets are starting to start Internet services.
What we do know is that al these billions of users require a lot of server, storage and network resources and that the datacenters are getting bigger and bigger.