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InfoWorld: Mark Andreesen Talks Blades, IT Automation

Oct 28, 2002, 21:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Fonseca)

Steering his company from a managed services business model into unchartered software provider waters, Marc Andreessen, chairman and co-founder of Opsware, is no stranger to unique challenges. The former CTO of America Online and CTO of Netscape Communications recently sat down with InfoWorld Staff Writer Brian Fonseca to discuss his thoughts on the enablement of IT automation, the rapid commodity of hardware, and why blade servers are ultimately headed for the trash bin.

InfoWorld: As customers push for greater ROI as well as increased infrastructure and resource optimization, what landscape is being developed?

Andreessen: I characterize things a bit differently. ROI is not actually all [customers] are interested in. I think all they're interested in is cost-cutting because ROI implies making an investment and getting a return, and that's exactly what people aren't willing to do right now. In general, what we see happening in talking to customers is that they're purely looking to cut costs. I think this is one of the more interesting times in the last 10 years in terms of the changes that are taking place because people are really being forced themselves, and then forcing vendors, to take a very hard look at the cost of all this stuff, and that's really not something we've done as an industry.

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