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Heading For The Clouds: Logicalis Shares Its Strategy

Solution provider Logicalis worked with one of its primary vendor partners, HP, to help show potential customers how virtualization and cloud computing can help them be ready for future data center challenges.

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The Future Is Now

Someone with a bow tie like that can only be a futurist or a university professor or, in the case of Thornton May, both.

May called virtualization and cloud computing "the New World." "It is here now," he said. "But it's not evenly distributed."

May cited examples from history to illustrate the difficulty of understanding future trends based on current circumstances.

For instance, he told the audience to think about people in the Middle Ages.

"Did they know they were living in the Middle Ages?" he said. "They probably woke up, and said, 'Today sucks.' If they had a sense of time, they probably thought, 'Yesterday sucked.' And if they thought about it more, they might have said, 'If I live through today, tomorrow will probably suck.'"

Businesses are usually busy enough trying to find the best way to run their IT environments today without thinking too much about the future, May said. "IT teams have to lead enterprises out of the Middle Ages," he said.

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