I think the whole idea is that there will be a set of people/systems that will monitor hardware for you and you won't have to worry about it.
If you're having a hardware related performance issue, that should, theoretically, show up in a trace, alert, whatever, for the person/people/robot, saying that such-and-such CPU is overloaded, or that the hard drives in SAN 123 are running a bit hot, or whatever. Then they handle the specific issue, without you having to know about it, much less do anything about it.
In other words, it's just yet another layer between you and the hardware. Same idea as the OS and drivers and such, plus the SQL engine, making it so you don't have to write your own interface to the hard drives or the screen, you just tell it to insert data X into table Y. Just adds one more layer to the whole thing.
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