Recently I wrote about advanced simplicity. This is the idea that a great software product hides complexity from its users behind a simple interface. As an illustration, I’d like to discuss a piece of software that exposes lots of complexity, then examine how it would be easier to use if the user interface were different. As my example, I am going to use VMware’s Host Profiles feature. I’m picking on Host Profiles because my experience is that the feature is awesomely useful but incredibly painful to operate. In fact, I have found it so painful that I seldom use Host Profiles in the way that it is intended.
SDDC & Hybrid Cloud
Cloud computing has evolved from focusing only on how to construct, secure, manage, monitor, and utilize IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. As the paradigm matures, it is moving from a pure resource management paradigm to a data and resource management paradigm. (Read More)
SDDC is the next evolution in on-site data center technology. It has taken the knowledge gained from the server virtualization revolution and blended it with software-defined storage and networking to create a data center defined and managed by software running on invisible hardware.
Hybrid Cloud covers the technologies and operational processes, both technical and business, for deploying, consuming, and utilizing this paradigm.
Major areas of focus include barriers to adoption; progress on the part of vendors in removing those barriers; where the lines of responsibility are drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and hybrid clouds; and management tools that are essential to deploying and managing the cloud, ensuring its security and the performance of applications.
We are all moving to the future. The election has, hopefully, forced us to rethink basic fundamentals of society. Individuals are usually easy to deal with, but larger and larger groups are much harder. Data scale changes everything. Even Isaac Asimov had this in mind when he wrote the Foundation trilogy. In his case, scale worked to smooth out predictions. We are not at that scale yet; hopefully, we will reach it. However, our data has far exceeded the scale we take for granted. Let us think about scale. What is high scale to you? For some businesses, high scale might mean a few hundred million queries and associated records a day. For others, it’s tens of billions of queries and ten times that in records a day. Where do you fit? As your application scales, what do you need to consider?
For half of the nation, it has been a day of shock and dismay. It may be that way for a while now. In the meantime, as you journey to the hybrid cloud, you need to get a handle on costs—and not just the costs of migrating to the cloud, but also those associated with training, documentation, maintaining institutional knowledge, data management, legal, and development. This includes the raw costs of the service on a per-day, -hour, or -minute basis, or by a megabyte or gigabit measurement, whichever the cloud supports. How do you begin to get a handle on costs? It is easy to say the cloud will be cheaper, but proving it is another matter. You should not be in shock or dismay when you see your cloud bill.
Yesterday was election day in the US, which prompted me to think about going forward. It is a time of change, no matter which side of the debate you are on. It is also a time of change within businesses. Businesses need to continue going forward. They need to make some tough choices based on the need to increase revenue, the need to cut costs, and the need to grow. No business is static. How does hybrid cloud fit into the equation? Is it a simple measure of costs? Or is there more to it than that? This depends entirely on the knowledge within a given organization and its definition of hybrid cloud.
My esteemed colleague and friend Tom Howarth recently posted an article titled “AWS and VMware Now Friends, but What Happens to vCloud Air?” I’d like to take this opportunity to present an alternative possibility regarding what might happen to vCloud Air. I’ll start with a paragraph from Tom’s post and work my way from there.
Recently, at VMworld Barcelona 2106, VMware announced a partnership with AWS to provide an SDDC based on Cloud Foundation on AWS hardware hosted in AWS regional data centers. This environment is a pure VMware play, but using AWS hardware. I had a number of conversations at the conference regarding this announcement, and the consensus appeared to be “Interesting, but we need to know more.”