In reviewing the latest round of input/output (I/O) acceleration offerings (technology that works in the data center to speed the flow of data in and out) it became painfully aware to me that I have an I/O problem of my own.
You can draw a direct analogy in the IT world. There you can have server virtualization, which enables pooling of data center resources (which is generally good), and solid state storage, which enables screaming storage performance (also quite good). Servers are getting faster all the time via multi-core processors. The networking technology that connects these components is also constantly improving.
Which means that the brains, memory and connective tissue of data centers are nothing short of brilliant each in their own right. However, depending on how the data center is architected, and the specific combination of tech you use, things can get royally hosed in the process of ensuring fast and efficient movement of data in and out of the data center, meaning that you are not getting the most performance you can and indicating the need for I/O acceleration.
I have been struggling to understand all this and think I finally got it. However, in the process I have developed serious concerns about my own I/O challenges.
Namely, my brain often comes up with ideas which are not half bad if I must say so myself. So I guess you could call it a high performance storage and processing device (please indulge me here).
My various personae - husband, father, tech PR pro, blogger - merge online, creating a virtualized resource. I have no shortage of output devices as I am active on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, my own blog, agency blog, etc.
The problem is that the middleware in terms of my actual work and personal lives gets in the way and gums everything up in terms of my ability to generate, OK, why not, often brilliant commentary on my many and varied output channels.
In short, my ports get oversubscribed, fabric gets saturated (which can can get messy), and my CPU utilization gets shot to hell, creating a serious I/O issue and preventing said brilliance from being expressed to the extent that it could be.
Calling all entrepreneurs, I sense I am not the only one with this problem - there is potentially a vast untapped market -and encourage innovative solutions to this dilemma.