We all need performance and capacity management tools to fine tune our virtual and cloud environments, but we need them to do more than just tell us there may be problems. Instead, we need them to find root causes for problems, whether those problems are related to code, infrastructure, or security. The new brand of applications, if designed for the cloud à la Netflix, or older technologies instantiated within the cloud need more in order to tell us about their health. Into this breach comes a new set of tools, as well as an existing set of tools.
Cloud computing is starting to come of age. It has fundamentally altered the IT landscape, dramatically boosting IT agility while lowering costs. What started out as a side project for companies like VMware has led to the proliferation of cloud providers and stacks from IaaS providers based on OpenStack, PaaS providers like Cloud Foundry, and SaaS providers like Dropbox and Salesforce.
Docker has announced the acquisition of SocketPlane, a relatively new startup focused on driving DevOps-defined networking by enabling distributed security, application services, and orchestration for Docker and Linux containers. This move is a talent acquisition play. SocketPlane’s Madhu Venugopal, Brent Salisbury, and Dave Tucker are three of the top twenty committers of the OpenDaylight project. An open platform dedicated to network programmability, OpenDaylight enables software-defined networking (SDN) and creates a solid foundation for network functions virtualization (NFV) for networks at any size and scale. These three industry experts have deep roots in networking technologies and extensive experience leading and participating in large open-source projects. The SocketPlane team also includes industry veteran John Willis, an infrastructure and networking expert himself, who is probably best known for his early contributions as one of the original drivers of the DevOps movement.
Dell has announced an upgrade to its KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance, making it the first systems management vendor to address the rapidly growing Chromebook market. The KACE K1000 system, which is available as a physical or virtual appliance and as a cloud-hosted service, provides system management services for servers, PCs, and now Chromebooks. It also provides management tools for printers, network-attached projectors, and other non-computing devices. Along with agentless management of Windows systems, the version 6.3 software enables the Dell KACE K1000 to extend its hardware inventory, reporting, and service desk functions to cover all current Chromebooks and Chromebox desktop systems.
Right now, the three major public clouds (Amazon, Microsoft, and Google) seem all shiny and new, like many technologies seemed at some point in the past. Let’s see if we can learn from history and assess the risk of the public cloud’s becoming just another legacy platform.