As students and administrators seek anytime, anywhere access to the cloud, higher ed IT teams must face their fears and get to work.
The technology known as unified, converged or fabric computing first caught the attention of the IT world in the late 1990s. By 2008, technology research group Gartner had named fabric computing as one of 10 leading strategic technologies of that year.
At a 2011 Gartner Data Center conference, nearly 50 percent of attendees who responded to a poll said they were implementing or considering fabric computing technologies, with virtualization as the main driver. Here are some of the primary advantages of fabric computing:
“Fabric computers are not for everyone — they’re relatively expensive,” says Carl Claunch, a Gartner analyst. “But for organizations that need the flexibility and are thinking about the cloud, the tight integration is worth every penny.”