In today's datacentre, the watchword is convergence. But convergence in all its guises has the potential to cause tension and the deskilling of staff.
What's going on in networking, operating systems, servers, storage and data centres?
Manek Dubash is an analyst and journalist with over 30 years experience. Focused on business technology, he observes and comments on enterprise infrastructure issues for a range of industry-influential websites. His work has appeared in national newspapers as well as specialist technology journals and websites. He has also held senior posts on major newsstand magazines, including PC Magazine where he was editor-in-chief, and has worked with analysis and research companies such as Datamonitor and STL Partners.
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