A few days ago we recorded and posted Show #4 of the Overcast podcast. In it, James Urquhart and I interview Greg Ness, a senior director at Infoblox and someone who has been blogging about IT infrastructure, often in the context of cloud computing. Greg is one of the people promoting the notion of Infrastructure 2.0.
System Administration & Configuration and Network Management Will Become a Sexy Field Bursting with Innovation
After years of stagnation, system administration, configuration and network management will thrive with innovation. New standards will emerge and people will come up with new forms of innovation in the field. Open source projects such as Puppet will experience incredible momentum. In a sense, for cloud computing to succeed, system administration needs to be eliminated. Or more accurately, automated and simplified, which creates tremendous potential for innovation.
"There's a learning curve and a bit of a lock-in," [Harrah's CIO Tim] Stanley said in a recent interview, because he doesn't see an easy way to port anything developed on Force.com to a non-Salesforce platform. So he's been careful where Harrah's uses Force.com. So far, the "merits are outpacing the detriments."
- In Infrastructure Investments and the Value of Service Providers, Chip Childers refers to this post and writes about seeing the innovation wave in infrastructure taking place and the need for more innovation.
- On Dec 10, Greg Ness, who James and I interviewed in Overcast Show #4, posted a recommended reading list for Infrastructure 2.0, which includes this post.