In Part I of this series on Do Containers Change Enterprise IT, we discussed the impact of containers on security. This time, we will discuss the impact on data protection, which encompasses backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Since the applications are changing with the use of containers to be highly distributed and deployed through infrastructure as code, what to protect now becomes a major question. How we protect is well known, but what changes once containers are in use.
In June, I was in Boston for Virtualization Field Day 5, which was an amazing event. The sponsor presentations are usually awesome. The next best thing about Tech Field Day events is the conversations that you have with other delegates between the presentations. On one trip, Stephen Foskett wondered why none of the hyperconverged vendors has converged networking. All of the hyperconverged vendors use physical Ethernet switches. I spent the next half hour talking with Chris Marget about what the requirements might be and what networking technology might be used.
It was quite the week attending the VMworld 2015 conference in San Francisco, but all good things must come to an end at some point, and this event is no exception. During my time there, I have had several briefings from a variety of different companies on their technologies. Given my love and passion for automation, I wanted to introduce you to a company called “Ansible,” if you have not had the opportunity to hear about it before.
It matters not what conference you attend: the discussion in IT is all about containers and automation. The real question is, “Do containers change enterprise IT?” Some folks say they do in major ways, others are on the fence, and still others are having nothing to do with them. Let us look at all aspects of enterprise IT and determine what needs to change, if anything.
Look to your left, look to your right: there is a good chance that of the companies to either side of you, one will not be around ten to fifteen years from now. This was the statement made by Pat Gelsinger during VMworld’s day two general session that really caught my attention. For me personally, it brought on a flashback from my college days. On the first day of class, an instructor started his lecture with a similar statement: look to your left and look to your right—many of the people you are looking at will not be here at the end of the semester. According to Pat Gelsinger, that thought process has moved into the ever-changing world of corporate IT.
I was at the Santa Clara Convention Center, next to the beautiful brand-new San Francisco 49ers stadium, this week to listen to two days of discussions about continuous delivery and Jenkins. Keynote speakers were Kohsuke Kawaguchi, creator of Jenkins and CTO at CloudBees, and Gene Kim, coauthor of The Phoenix Project and well-known speaker on DevOps. Continue reading Recap of CloudBees Jenkins User Conference