I had the distinct pleasure of talking to the Bob Dylan of Infrastructure
2.0, John Willis earlier.
The result was this podcast on infrastructure 2.0. John has a great IT
Management and Cloud Blog.
You can follow his Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/botchagalupe. John used
the term infrastructure 2.0 about 2 years ago to talk about.
The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a
cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware
and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud
discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears that “the network
infrastructure issue” has finally reared its head and ushered in networking
and management leaders into the cloud conversation.
More cloud watchers are discovering that cloud apps -at a minimum- will put
more burdens on the network. As IT services decouple from hardware the
network ... (more)
A few weeks ago I talked about the coming cloud computing war by discussing
the formation of multi-vendor cloud-driven alliances and their implications
for the IT industry. Now that Cisco has announced its unified computing
initiative which includes Nehalem blade servers and IBM is now in discussions
with Sun Microsystems, I think its time to take a step back and explore the
implications of these alliances for enterprise IT pros.
The idea of club cloud, or the delivery of a complete IT solution decoupled
from proprietary hardware and personnel, is an interesting one. The last
Static networks are already costing enterprises more on a per unit basis as
they grow, per this Fall 2008 Computerworld survey. Increasing network
costs will only reduce funds available for network automation. This recent
TCO comparison between Google and Microsoft is just the beginning of the
business case war to be fought on the network over who will have the new IT
factories in their cities.
As networks get larger and more complex the manual labor costs escalate and
they become even more brittle. Ever higher levels of expense and delay are
required for the simplest changes... (more)
A series of blogs began a speculation about the impact of virtualization on
the network. It’s certainly fair to suggest that the network has had
little impact on first stage VLAN virtualization, or virtualization-lite.
The real question, however, is whether or not virtualization (or VMotion
specifically) will stay contained within ever denser VLANS. F5 Networks