The end being the “End of Corporate Computing” as Nick Carr has called the utility computing model.
In his blog, Brian Cinque, the chief datacenter architect for Sun Microsystems IT, sets a target of 2015 for SunIT to shutdown all of its data centers in favour buying IT from central utilities.
Sun may have a vested interest in pushing this envelope since they want to sell lots of new servers to these new utilities but that’s still only SEVEN years away.
Given the lifecycle of data center servers can be 5 years or longer, your next upgrade cycle could well be your last. In fact, if you just refreshed, you might be done now.
Let the great data center tear down begin.