What you see != What you get
As technology continues to advance the gap between technical engineers and technical analysts seems to be widening in regard to broad knowledge of infrastructure and related platforms. Minimizing continued investments into disparate physical hardware platforms and moving to virtualized environments for things such as storage and server deployments confuses folks who have grown up in an environment where one physical device = one logical function. What you see in the rack is no longer a true picture of the logical configuration buried underneath the physical architecture. Hell, where is the console?
How are other folks coping with this? Any suggestions for easily digestible primers or online courseware to help bridge the transition from standalone systems to logical configurations?