Technology solutions come and go in the enterprise, if not in an absolute sense then at least in terms of the dominant roles they play in driving data productivity.
At one time, the mainframe was all-powerful, and while many mainframes continue to provide valuable service to the enterprise, it is fair to say they are no longer the focus of most server infrastructure initiatives. Many mainframe workloads, in fact, were pushed onto rack servers first and then blades in the 1990s and 2000s as distributed architectures proved more flexible and easier to manage. But now that cloud computing and modular infrastructure are rising to meet the needs of mobile collaboration and Big Data workloads, it is fair to ask whether the sun is setting on blades as well.
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