The time of death for the corporate data center was pronounced at 11:03EST, August 21st of 2008. Forensic pathologists continue to investigate the death, however, it is known that the patient had stability issues, persistent hemorrhaging and had been considered terminal.
Thousands of companies have mortally wounded data centers. Unfortunately, CIO's lacked a viable replacement for this archaic agility anchor. In essence, they've been forced to keep them on life-support. Billions of dollars have been pumped into various unsuccessful attempts to heal the patient. Billions more have been spent on 'Data Center Hospice'. Jeff Schneider, MomentumSI CEO commented, "When it becomes it was clear that the patient will die, corporations shift their thinking to 'reducing the pain'. This largely involves moving labor intensive data center tasks to low-cost offshore facilities."
Although some debate remains if the data center is actually dead. Schneider stated , "Yes, the data center has a heart beat, however the beat coincides with the I.T. family beating on the heart with their fists, insisting that the patient isn't dead."
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