One of the main themes within the context of creating an SOA environment was the introduction of virtualization on the server side to enable things like just in time compute. VMware and GRID were mentioned quite a bit. My talk was about leveraging virtualized compute on the server side with virtualized storage to create a holistic approach to manage IT data services. What I didn't realize, was what I was really talking about was creating a MASHUP for storage. I guess I'm a bit of a dinosaur, but this conference is where I first heard the term "Mashup". Wikipedia describes a mashup as: "a website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28web_application_hybrid%29) In the context of utility storage and compute, the analogy would be combining multiple data services across pools of different storage resources over many protocols, in conjunction with virtualized compute to create a flexible, Vendor, Platform and Protocol agnostic IT department. Pretty cool, and much better than mashup meaning "two cars colliding on the Long Island expressway!" Don't Worry, Be Happy! and Keep tuned.