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NetFlash: HP execs detail ‘adaptive enterprise’ strategy

May 07, 20032 mins

Maybe it’s a sign that our industry is finally headed back on the upswing. Maybe it’s just the vendor’s wishing it were.

How else could you classify the rapid build-up of hype utility computing (or adaptive utility computing or revisionist networking or whatever myriad buzzwords vendors are trying to sell) that is generating?

I mean, many of the products that would actually implement most of what utility computing promises really don’t exist and if they did the cost of implementing them would make most net executives wince. And history tells us the big overarching software/hardware approaches are perhaps fun to talk about for awhile but ultimately face an uphill battle.

But I am trying to be positive here. Perhaps all this utility computing is a sign that vendors are working on something new and sexy after years of technological doldrums. And from what I have seen so far, there does seem to be a fair amount of user interest in what HP, IBM, Sun and others are saying.

As usual, the proof will be in the products and we’ll have to wait a while longer for that.

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