It’s impossible to resist posting about this month’s 451 Group Cloudscape report when it calls me out by name as a leading cloud innovator:
… ProTier founders Dave McCrory and Rob Hirschfeld. ProTier [note: now part of Quest] was, indeed, the first VMware ecosystem vendor to be tracked by The 451 Group. In the face of a skeptical world, these entrepreneurs argued that virtualization needed automation in order to realize its full potential, and that the test lab was the low-hanging fruit. Subsequent events have more than vindicated their view (pg. 33).
It’s even better when the report is worth reading and offers insights into forces shaping the industry. It’s nice to be “more than vindicated” on an amazing journey we started over 10 years ago!
Rather than recite 451’s points (hybrid cloud = automation + orchestration + devops + pixie dust), I’d rather look at the problem different way as a counterpoint.
The problem is “how do we deal with applications that are scattered over multiple data centers?”
I do not think orchestration is the complete answer. Current orchestration is too focused on moving around virtual machines (aka workloads).
Ultimately, the solution lies in application architecture; however, I feel that is also a misdirection because cloud is redefining what an “application architecture” means.
Applications are a dynamic mix of compute, storage, and connectivity.
We’re entering an age when all of these ingredients will be delivered as elastic services that will be managed by the applications themselves. The concept of self management is an extension of DevOps principles that fuse application function and deployment. There are missing pieces, but I’m seeing the innovation moving to fill those gaps.
If you want to see the future of cloud applications then look at the network and storage services that are emerging. They will tell you more about the future than orchestration.
Great post and Interesting question to explore. If I understand your position you are saying that in a perfect world the application should be responsible for all management decisions. As you know this goes against the grain on most modern thinking related to this topic. Obviously this also assumes that all of the management services are brokered and are dial tone. Today most of the current management solutions (e.g., monitoring, configuration management and orchestration ) manage applications externally and are typically not aware of each other. I think you are philosophically correct in your idea; however, IMHO, we are a very long way off from those type of management services. For the indefinite futre we are probably going to have to rely on tools that are best in class that can play well with others.
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Thanks John! I agree on the timing – it will take a way. After all, it took 10 years for 451 to vindicate me on virtualization 😉
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