Last week I attended the Gartner Data Center conference in Las Vegas. I went to talk to customers, do booth duty (I talked about the app-centric world and how IT can best respond to it) and check out a few sessions.
The best session I attended was a power-point-free discussion with Don Duet, Co-head of Goldman Sach’s Technology division. Below are a few of the things that Don talked about and comments he made which I thought were particularly interesting. It’s not just web companies that are pushing the technology envelope.
- Goldman Sachs’ has 36,000 employees, 6,000 of which are developers (10,000 people in tech overall). They have 30 PB’s of data. They support their employees with half a million cores.
- Goldman builds their infrastructure around their applications
- Goldman’s four Big Bets
- Commodity computing
- Software defined everything
- Drive everything in infrastructure from an application perspective
- Open Source and Open Standards
- Don and team do an exercise where they talk about how they would architect Goldman if they were starting fresh today (“Goldman 2.0”)
- “It’s harder and harder to tell where the business stops and IT begins”
- “Most of our infrastructure should be able, over time, to migrate to the public cloud (once security gets better)”
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Pau for now…