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01.05.2015 - On the Balkanization of Data Storage

View VMware related news.   Historical Parallels 2014 marked the centennial of the beginning of the First World War (WWI): an event that had a terrible human cost and paved the way to major political and social changes across the globe. The centennial steered a wave of retrospection around the events and causes that led to WWI (ref. The Sleepwalkers: How Europe went to War in 2014 by Christopher Clark , The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman ). Historians have suggested technological advances, especially in engines and communications, as both a reason for the geopolitical instability that preceded the war, and the main cause for the resulting unprecedented casualty rate. Credit: The National Archives (UK) WWI turned Europe from a land of powerful empires to a patchwork of small, often weak nation states. No area in Europe reflects that change more dramatically than the Balkans, where the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires gave way to dozens of small states (ref. The Balkans: A Short History by Mark Mazower ). It was only through economic unification and close collaboration amongst the resulting nation states that Europe put eventually put tension and armed conflicts behind her and states and people prospered (ref. World Order by Henry Kissinger ). Without intending to trivialize the importance and terrible toll of the Great War, I cannot help but notice some parallels with the data storage industry today. Until only a few [...]]>...

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