What do Starbucks and an IT Datacenter have in common? – Supply and Demand Think about it. Starbucks provides its supply of resources such as coffee, muffins, soda, salad and parfaits to a mass of demanding consumers who all have different taste preferences. Similarly, a datacenter happens to provide finite compute resources such as CPU, MEM, IO, Net, Storage to a mass of demanding consumers who all have different workload requirements. The consumers in this case just happen to be those annoying end users who make your business run.