When Steve Herrod, VMware’s CTO, talks of software-defined datacenters, it seems like an excellent idea that can help CIOs to get the maximum agility in their IT environment. However, technology isn’t only software. Besides all things virtual, one needs to use the power of servers, the speed of networks, the volume of storage, and the expertise of support services.
The small virtual window through which the datacenter could be operated and simplified seems a good way to go – as long as the large infrastructure “kitchen” in the background continues to run as needed by the business. Which means as close to 100% uptime as possible.
I just want to emphasize the extreme importance of the expertise needed to sustain that background kitchen and keep it up and running (in addition to indispensable automation). The more simple and agile the front-end, the more organized, proactive and excellent the services must be. And the more reliable the hardware must be, of course.
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