The evolution of IT operations is upon us. There has been a lot of change in
both direction and momentum over the last several years, and at this point,
it is not hard to see the future of Ops.
Perhaps, having worked for a networking firm and a server automation firm, it
is easier to see than for the average operations person, so let’s just take
a look at the burgeoning ops trends and technologies and see where they
ultimately lead us…
APIs for Infrastructure gear. The days of memorizing ten different command
line interfaces are rapidly coming to a close. While GUIs exist for most
modern infrastructure equipment (switches, routers, load balancers, etc),
increasingly every one of them also has a working API. That means they can be
controlled at a very functional level from third party applications.
As one example of this trend in useful action, check out AppViewX. A th... (more)
If Hardware is Commodity... Why Are We Still Spending so Much Time on It?
We really are moving in the direction of truly commoditized hardware. Some
uses will always have specific requirements that are not mainstream and thus
will require specialized builds; this is true in every industry. But
increasingly, who made your hardware and where they got their parts from is a
Which makes one consider what really sells hardware these days. Years ago
when I was working for Network Computing, I reviewed a low-end blade server
company capable of cranking up blades at a fra... (more)
It is interesting to me how quickly the hype cycle of a good thing can turn
it into a monster that will inevitably eat itself, leaving a much smaller –
and much more useful – concept or toolset behind. It has happened over and
over in high tech, one need only say “XML” to understand what I mean. It
is definitely a useful tool for some jobs, but the “XML Everywhere” craze
was insane. People declaring such patently false ideas as “It will end the
need for programmers.”
Thankfully for those of us using it, XML in the enterprise is largely a
data-at-rest tool for small datasets (inc... (more)
The Cloud Is in a Datacenter
Funny thing about the never-ending discussions of cloud, virtualization, and
containers out here in pundit-land… Most writers blithely ignore the one
truth that all of us need to be reminded of on occasion.
Your cloud is built on hardware.
Yes indeed, I did say that out loud. Talk about fifteen layers of
server/network virtualization all you like, SDX your way into the 22nd
century, but never forget that someone somewhere is racking and stacking to
make it happen.
Why does that matter? Well for a lot of reasons, though they can be broken
into the us... (more)
Well, I’ve covered the basics of iSessions – a secure, optimized tunnel
between two BIG-IPs – so now it’s time to talk about usefulness, both
today and going forward. Since iSessions are an infrastructure issue, the
following works for redundant data centers also, assuming they have BIG-IPs
in them, it’s just that cloud is the buzzword du-jour, and there’s
actually a teentsy bit more benefit to using them for the cloud.
First off, I assume that your cloud vendor has BIG-IPs (that is a safe
assumption as of today), but you’re living in the real world, check with
them first, there... (more)