I really do not see hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) as the final product for the leading vendors. It is more of a minimum viable product than a finished solution. Converging compute and storage has made infrastructure management easier, but there is still a whole lot of IT that is not easier. I sometimes tell people that their role is changing or going away after they deploy HCI. I usually tell them to move up the stack. Up the stack is closer to the business that employs them and uses the IT. Up the stack is getting closer to the applications and the data, and then to the users. The next move for HCI vendors is to move up that stack to make application development, deployment, and operation easier.
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Software-defined storage (SDS) has usually meant storage that augments, optimizes, aggregates, and presents some form of cloud gateway. It is storage manipulated by an automation with an orchestration layer that ties differing data functions together. The ultimate in automation and orchestration for storage is the inclusion of Docker. Docker, or any container technology, needs storage—persistent storage. How storage is presented to Docker is unimportant to Docker. It is, however, important to the storage team. SDS is about making storage simpler by reusing, improving, or automating delivery. How does your storage fit with Docker?
A couple of years ago, I reported on Cloudhouse and its new approach to handling application virtualization. At that time, it looked like a very intriguing piece of technology. Recently, I caught up with Mat Clothier, Cloudhouse’s CTO, for a quick chat about where the company is currently focused and how it sees things developing in the future.
RightScale just published its annual report on the state of the cloud, and some of the key findings are very interesting. Topics range from cloud vendor market share to cloud adoption concerns, DevOps tools adoption, public vs. private cloud adoption, and much more. Below, I highlight the major findings I thought most interesting and follow each with my perspective on it.
I just returned from a week in Las Vegas at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services’ annual conference. I have either attended or watched the live stream every year for the past several years, and I am continually amazed at the number of new services and features that AWS cranks out annually. During the course of each year, I keep reading about how the other public cloud providers are gaining ground on AWS. However, I am not seeing that. Amazon is dominating with large enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. Many of the big wins from the other cloud providers are in companies looking at multicloud strategies or targeting specific workload types (e.g., Google for big data workloads).
It is that time of the year where the conference season has ended and a good number of companies are entering into a new fiscal year. As such, it might be a good time to look back over the year and get some insight into what 2017 might have in store for the information technology industry and the engineers who support it.