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It’s been one of those long weeks -- lots of travel to see a myriad of customers, in many markets and many verticals, All of them with similar space, power, and cooling challenges in their data centers. I chose to fly this time rather than Telepresencing as I am becoming more and more apt to do (so many more meetings that can get done in a day with TP). Actually had a night without Internet access, that was hard. My email box filled up, mail started bouncing, and I am thinking of buying a new HDD to send to my email server as a holiday present.I guess this has me leaning forward in my chair hoping for the day when email boxes do become unlimited, store forever, fully indexed, linked with my conference calls, Webex sessions, and Telepresence sessions, sorted by project ID or department and attendee and natural language searchable too. But before that nirvana/utopian vision of information management becomes a reality I still need a larger inbox, badly. And that means our IT department would need a LOT more storage since if I got a larger inbox so would the other 60,000+ employees (I am not special… we are very egalitarian on email inbox sizing… equal suffering under the policy) But what it does tell me is that many of the technologies we have been developing are ‘right timed’, at least in that they solve real world problems allowing IT to run more efficiently so they can invest into areas like larger email inboxes without having the corresponding infrastructure and hardware explosion that is usually accompanied by such policy changes.To wit I am pretty excited about next week -- tune in on Tuesday as we announce some new capabilities in the data center, yes again! I told you it would be a ‘big year’ for us. It’s time to let a a few more cats out of the bag and bring new features, programs, products, and software to the market that can help IT departments face the challenges of power, cooling, and of course per today’s diatribe, the now rapidly more empowered end-user with a higher expectation of IT service delivery than many IT departments can feasibly sustain while maintaining governance, and regulatory compliance in the face of flat budgets and compressed EtoB ratios.Tune in on Tuesday for a peek into what we are doing to continue to enhance the next generation of data center in the future as well as for the day’s announcements!dg

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