Leading evolution

Should an organisation's approach to network development be evolutionary or revolutionary?

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By  Julian Pletts Published  October 28, 2009

The Middle East may be viewed through the global IT looking glass as an emerging market. But this shouldn't lead end-users here to despair or worry that they will be left behind the rest of the world in terms of networking development.

Commentators on the networking arena in Europe - largely regarded as a mature market - have been heard lamenting the infrastructure industry in their slice of the world as highly resistant to change. Take data centres as an example. Apparently, when it comes to power and cooling, data centre design, codes of conduct and other considerations, the developed markets might not be as developed in their thinking as we would assume from our far off vantage point.

This might be for a variety of reasons. First off, Europe has been investing in and building data centres to a greater extent and for a longer period than we have here in the Middle East, so refreshing established technologies can take time and a great deal of change management. Or perhaps it is to do with the idea, as suggested in the European trade press, that steady evolution takes precedence over revolution. It is certain that all over the world, efficiency in data centre design is absolutely key right now.

There is a question that every CIO will face in their career in the Middle East at some point: Do I want my organisation's approach to IT network investment and development to be evolutionary or revolutionary? It is often banded around that the Middle East has the opportunity to leapfrog so-called legacy systems in favour of, as vendors would put it, the latest and greatest technology.

But this can be a dangerous idea if not tempered carefully with an understanding of what best suits your orgnisation's needs and the ability of your IT teams. For instance, when it comes to consolidation, at the end of the day, you have to have a relatively large server base before this starts to make sense. And as we discovered in recent issues of NME, the same can be said for virtualisation - most IT managers will only really consider it when they have reached a critical mass of servers and their IT team is really equipped and trained to manage it.

The pitfalls of virtualisation are discussed in the forthcoming November issue of Network Middle East magazine. As is the minutiae of adopting virtualisation when it comes to security your network.  The rate of evolution in the Middle East high-end IT market is also a recurring theme in our coming investigation into the state of blade servers in this market which throws light on whether this cutting-edge server technology has managed to capture the imagination, and more importantly, the investments of the region's CIOs. Without wanting to give too much away, the state of the blade revolution in the Middle East can almost be seen as a barometer of the evolution of the market and how the region is fairing through the financial crisis.

Also in this coming issue, NME will tackle the soft skills side of being an IT manager with a look at how technology leaders here have been supporting the work of their IT teams and helping staff keep their heads whilst all about are losing theirs. And finally the November issue also features an exclusive one-on-one with Dave DeWalt, CEO and President of security vendor McAfee, in which he defends the company's bold move to partner with over 80 other security product manufacturers as part of its ePO offering.

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