The datacenter has long been — there’s no nice way to put this — a bit of a snoozer. Expensive boxes running expensive software. No more, says a16z General Partner Peter Levine, who lays out a vision for the datacenter of the future. Building on the technology established by companies like Facebook and Google, Levine describes a software-led transformation of the datacenter, one where the mobile supply chain and fast-moving companies are reimagining everything — from the underlying architecture to new business models. Be prepared to get in the weeds, hear Levine talk about the next opportunity, “hosted instances,” Chris Dixon describe the “the dream within the dream,” and discover why the datacenter is about to get exciting.
June 18, 2014