While purpose built technology provides much higher levels of accuracy is it killing the excitement? Both tennis and cricket have adopted technology with little resistance. And, personally, I think it’s become an important part of the game. Referee accuracy pushes back on the sportsperson’s skill. On the other hand, football supporters have very different views and hating the Ref is part of the game.... what rhymes with GLTS (Goal Line Technology System)?. But for how long: BBC Sport – ‘Premier League could use goal-line technology in 2012-13 season’ http://bbc.in/zcWf6P

This is a long debated topic but I write today after reading the following sky news article on a recent boxing match: http://bit.ly/AfVc2L In this circumstance technology wasn't officially an umpire but it has made for a stronger story. More than mere opinion.

Now let me attempt a crude link back to data centre architecture. In essence, the uptake of technology in sport is edging forward to eliminate the guess work, the human error element. This is precisely what todays CIOs must consider to move to a next generation architecture. Tapping into available analytics for the purpose of decision making (spinning up new servers, lighting up cold or standby DC's etc.) improves reaction times to customer demands without the need to spec your environment for the worst case scenario, i.e. everything turned on, all the time, just in case.

Use data centre technology that can referee data centre behaviour.

The key to doing this successfully is down to interrogating the right metrics. A server’s CPU utilisation, for example, is not a measure of the end user experience. Neither is the response time from a server to the perimeter firewall. The users - the consumers of your data - are not in the data centre.

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