I was on a flight earlier this week and watched one of my favorite movies – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It made me think about how the movie, and even the original TV shows that dated back to the 60, gave us a look into where technology was going and indeed has gone today. I’d like to point out some of the more advanced technologies in Star Trek.
- Virtual resource mobility. About a quarter of the way through the movie, the Reliant attacks the Enterprise and Mr. Scott tells Admiral Kirk that he’s diverting all power to life support. A few moments later he diverts the power to phasers as they attack back. Juxtapose the fluidity of IT resources that the Enterprise has compared to current IT environment. Mr. Scott was able to move a compute resource — power — to the system that required it most, as business policy dictates from a centralized management console. If Mr. Scott had to go manually move from silo to silo, the Enterprise could not have been agile enough to respond competitively. This is a great example of why organizations should look to virtualization and pooling their own IT resources.