Is this when the machines finally take over?

I haven’t been to see the new Terminator movie yet, but I certainly remember the Arnold movies of my youth, and the similar theme of machine vs. man in the geek lovin’ Matrix series.  Really, we all have a fear in a remote corner of our minds that someday the machines we all love will be smarter than us and somehow realize that we’re disposable.  Or useful as human batteries.  Which is why I love to work on the future of datacenter technology…after all, we’ll be the first to know the Top 500 list will mean something much more sinister.

Of course…I’m kidding.  The future of datacenters will bring great things to our planet from speeding the discovery in science, to making us much more efficient and lowering our collective carbon footprint.  And of course it’s datacenters that bring us Facebook, and who could really live without that?

The next transformation of the datacenter is almost within our grasp with the evolution of the enterprise cloud.  I wanted to shift focus from the nearer term technology innovation covered in our most recent podcasts to this broader technology movement, and to do so I recently chatted with three very smart people.  First, I talked with Dylan Larson about Intel’s view of the enterprise cloud and what technology trends he sees as critical to the creation of the architectural framework for the cloud.  I then spoke to Jim Greene about the future of security in the datacenter.  Finally, I visited with David Jenkins about our vision of instrumentation and why this technology is so important to the datacenter of the future. None of them mentioned anything about Christian Bale or Neo…but they did say a lot about where we’re going to create the next stage in datacenter computing. Take a listen at our Chip Chat Channel…

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