Management frameworks are dead because they have been unable to keep up with the pace of innovation in the enterprise computing industry. Management frameworks will be replaced by ecosystems of cooperating vendors that each reuse each other’s unique data through a common big data back end. Splunk is the first (but not the last) vendor to offer such a back end and to pursue such an ecosystem strategy.
Agile development, DevOps, language proliferation, platform proliferation, scaled out data centers, and applications distributed across private, hybrid and public clouds make management frameworks into dangerously useless legacy software. New economic models for selling and purchasing management software make frameworks unacceptably expensive. For these reasons frameworks need to be put on the glide path to oblivion.
Replacing management with automation is a bold vision statement on the part of VMware in pursuit of the goal of fully automated service assurance. However as of today, the quality of the data and the ability to translate abnormalities in poor quality data into the correct set of automated actions makes this into a worth goal, and not a near term realistic product deliverable.
The team that brought you KVM are back with a new product and new direction. Qumranet founders —Benny Schnaider and Rami Tamir, have lifted the covers off Ravello Systems announcing it nested hypervisor platform HXV and a bold goal to create a cloud spanning hypervisor that will allow workloads to be moved from platform to platform regardless of the underlying infrastructure.
By raising respectively $50 and $80M AppDynamics and New Relic have positioned themselves to go public sometime in the next two years. They will join Splunk and Solarwinds as brand new management software companies built from the group up to meet the new requirements for management of virtualized and cloud based data centers.
The big news (so far this year) is “VMware to Acquire DynamicOps”. Now VMware is a multi-cloud and physical/virtual management vendor. Coming on the heels of the Dell buy of Quest, this means that VMware has signaled that it intends to compete in the new virtualization management market with all available weapons.