Compute started its major architectural transition several years ago with the
introduction of virtualization. If you pay attention to any of the IT noise
today, it should be clear that storage and networking are going through their
own architectural evolutions as well. But another shift is also underway:
applications are fundamentally changing as well.
An interesting dynamic in all of this is that it is near impossible for each
of the four major IT areas to undergo simultaneous, coordinated evolution.
Change is hard enough on its own, but changing multiple variable at once
makes it difficult to anchor to anything substantial. And when change does
occur along multiple fronts at the same time, the task of determining
causation for new found results is challenging at best.
Understanding that business underlies much of the change, the best that the
industry can collect... (more)
If LinkedIn profiles are any indication, User Experience (frequently
shortened to UX) is the new orange. Indeed, across all manners of technology,
there is an increasing focus on improving user experience. Driven in part by
Apple’s success on the consumer side, it would appear that IT
infrastructure vendors are getting in on the action. In the quest to simplify
our collective lives and differentiate in a space more defined by cost than
capability, the user is taking a more prominent role.
As it should be.
Networking and UX
This is especially true in networking. The truth about a... (more)
The most challenging part of managing a complex IT infrastructure is not in
the silos but the boundaries between those silos. Tools, processes, and even
people have to be particularly flexible at the points where workflows
intersect. And once these intersection points are codified (through tooling
infrastructure, specific procedures, or training), they are exceedingly
difficult to change.
The truth is that in most data centers today, orchestrating workflows across
disparate IT systems is more dream than reality. For far too many people,
automation means writing a Perl script tha... (more)
When it comes to API frameworks, there seems to be a Field-of-Dreams-esque
view that If you build it, they will come. And as our industry dives
headfirst into SDN waters, there will be people who advocate the
proliferation of developer programs under the premise that networking needs
an App Store. The question these people need to be asking is whether an SDN
App Store is actually a strategically viable end state.
Before I get into whether the networking industry can support an app store, I
need to outline the strategy behind these developer programs. All developer
programs are e... (more)
As we embrace 2014, it’s important to focus on emerging trends to predict
any industry changes this year and in the coming years. Mike Bushong reviewed
2013 on the Plexxi blog and noted important events that will likely carry
into this year, including how 2013 initiated SDN deployments and marked the
year Cisco moved beyond networking. We will see what happens in 2014, but it
is crucial to reflect before looking ahead. In our Plexxi video of the week,
Dan Backman explains optics integration with electrical mediums like
Ethernet, and how this transition from optical to electrical ... (more)