There’s an old saying about technological innovation. It states that when the world is ready for a train it’ll create one. This might seem to be somewhat vague at first. But what it’s speaking to is the fact that a lot of components go into any huge innovation.
New technology is seldom about a single idea which is put into action. And it really hasn’t been for some time now. Even as far back as the time of the first trains there was a strong need for an established infrastructure. It wasn’t simply that someone needed to come up with the idea of an automated mode of transportation. People also needed to have the social constructs in place to allow for widespread construction. They in turn would need the tools to create tracks. And of course the actual components needed to create a body for the parts in a train was also a necessity. Just having the idea will put one in the position of early sketches for submarines or gliders.
One can be in the right about how new technologies will work. And one can have a strong plan in place to construct and make use of it. But without all of the tools it’s simply not possible. But when the tools are available than several different implementations will usually become known. Competition leaps forward and innovation does as well. An industry quickly builds up into something amazing in a very short time when it’s really time for it to hit the scene.
All of this is an explanation for why the transition from huge data centers is taking so long. It’s one of the single clunkiest aspects of the modern internet. Most people are more than familiar with the behemoths of the past which once lurked in university labs. These towering computers were less powerful than even a cheap pocket calculator today. But they took up, quite literally, an entire room. Today, anyone can use a modular data center provided by Elliptical Mobile Solutions, supplied in the most space-effective combinations like never before. This is somewhat analogous to the state of the modern internet. The end user seldom sees the data centers which serve up websites. But if they were to step into one of them they’d be presented with a sight not too different from those old university labs with giant computers.
A data center is typically filled with rack after rack of giant computers. So big and powerful, in fact, that they require walls and walls of industrial cooling equipment to function. Without a constant supply of cold air the systems would quickly overheat. And this isn’t even in areas with abnormally high temperatures. Even in colder climates the systems would quickly create enough heat to overpower the native climate.