How Many Appliances Do You Need?
from the excess-hardware dept
At the DEMO conference last month, it seemed like every company that wasn’t pitching a blogging/RSS solution was selling some kind of “appliance” computer to stick in your rack. There was even one company selling a blogging appliance (hitting both hot trends in one shot). Basically, these appliances were simply taking software that the company wrote and putting it on a cheap computer. Every one of these appliances seemed to come in a different day-glo color, making you wonder if they all coordinated before hand, so that the fluorescent orange appliance didn’t get confused with the pearly white one. It made some of the attendees wonder what sort of CIO wanted a rack full of these different appliances (no matter how colorful). However, some apparently believe that going the appliance route makes sense. It’s not clear why, though. While the claim is ease of setup, it seems like it only makes things much more complex down the road. You suddenly have to manage ten different boxes when you could have done it just fine with one or two boxes and some software.