My friend and colleague Alastair Cooke recently published an article entitled Advanced Simplification: You Want It. In it, he argues that simplification is something that “deep geeks tend to scoff at” while at the same time embracing the wizards and silent install scripts that help them manage applications and platforms and deploy them into their environments.
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Institutional knowledge is leaving companies at a rapid rate. Employees are very mobile, moving between companies fairly rapidly. Just as they learn something important, they are out the door. That knowledge is not always transferred to others staying behind. Here one day, gone the next. How can you explain a business decision, technology decision, or any other decision without information? Architects, developers, and business folks should be writing documents to cover all major decisions, but these happen long after the decisions have been made. We lack the reasons behind the decisions, the original questions asked, and all the work leading up to the decisions. We do not want to lose institutional knowledge. Now, into this breach comes a new set of tools.
The VMworld 2016 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, gave a great deal of attention to both NSX and security this year. While walking around the Solution Exchange floor, I had the opportunity to stop and talk with Tufin about its Tufin Orchestration Suite, which orchestrates security polices across complex, hybrid cloud, and physical environments.
In my continual quest for knowledge and current news about virtualization and cloud computing, Deirdre Mahon’s article “Cost or agility: What is cloud’s true purpose?” caught my attention. I’d like to address the same cost or agility theme, but focus in on private clouds instead of the public cloud. My assessment is based on a more specific scenario, in which a company or corporation has presented its business units with the option of utilizing a shared infrastructure, in addition to the option of the public clouds that are readily available in the current technology marketplace.
In my last article, I spent a little time talking about the difference between automation, which is an automated task or scripted solution to perform a task, and orchestration, which is the complete process. I topped it all off with a discussion about how DevOps is a philosophy driving orchestration. For this article, I want to focus in on the some of the most common tools of the trade behind the automation and orchestration for different types of environments.
Automation and orchestration are two terms we are hearing more often, especially when discussing virtualization and cloud computing. As virtualization and cloud computing technology continues to mature, so have the automation and orchestration that are such an intricate part of the solutions presented from this technology. As such, an increasing number of products and services are built around automation and orchestration. This article focuses on the underlying technology as a prelude to discussing the different products. The information below should be of interest to anyone looking to expand their skillset to compete and excel in a technology world that is traveling full speed up into the clouds.