Cisco declared Data Center 3.0, Eric Schmidt declared Web 3.0 and I'm going to declare Data Center 3.5.
This Infoworld article made the dare, so I thought I would oblige. :)
Ok...so I suppose I could attempt to put a little bit behind the statement. Let's take a look:
- Data Center 1.0: Everything pre-2002 : from small server rooms all the way up to Exodus and other dot-com boom companies. BTW: When searching for Exodus, I found it funny that this is what I came up with. The Equinix IPO was August 11, 2000
- Data Center 2.0: 2002-2006 : Post dot-com bubble rebuilding. The industry re-groups and numerous other colocation companies come on the scene. Many of the big players start to out-pace the S&P 500.
- Data Center 3.0: 2006-July 2007 : Virtualization technologies; Mega data centers being planned and built by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others; Eco-friendly data centers; Blade Servers ; and data center in a box.
- Data Center 3.5: Starting August 8, 2007 : Virtual private data center ; Utility computing, EC2, insane grids and 4+ Billion Megawatt-Hours of electricity per year (just in the U.S.!). I know these are all current technologies, but I think they will really gain momentum from here on out.
Data Center vs. Data Centre
Data Center companies in 2007 (I thought the 365 main spike was kind of funny)
Hopefully Public Relations 4.0 is next.