Will 2017 be the year of the self-healing data center? One might consider this to be the holy grail of IT operations: having an infrastructure that can, to a certain level, maintain and resolve issues as they arrive.
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Someone suggested “the next-generation data center” to me as a topic for an upcoming panel discussion. Here are my thoughts on the subject.
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.
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.