Just tripped over Rodney Haywood’s post about the needs of VMware environment. He himself mentions James Urquhart’s blogpost at cnet news and his reflections about a 5 phase maturity model for cloud computing – showing the direction the data center development will be heading for.
It’s worth thinking about this model. About where we are. About the targets we fix, the tools we use and the obstacles we have to overcome. But it’s also worth looking to the conclusion Haywood draws for VMware customers: “2009 is going, in my humble opinion, to be the year of automation for VMware/vSphere environments. If there is one thing that’s worth investing in, it’s the automation areas of your virtual infrastructure. Automation is often not tackled up front in the VMware lifecycle and it requires a certain level of maturation of virtualisation within the organisation first.”
Why automation – you would ask if Haywood didn’t.
Because “many sites have started on the path of consolidation and abstraction, sure there is more to do in these areas, but this will be organic growth on the existing base. The industry/vendors will be running around releasing new versions, pushing clouds and all sorts of great things. Yet if you don’t have your automation right these new paradigms may be difficult for you to adopt in late 2009 or early 2010.”
Automation is the key to reduce TCO, security risks and downtimes. The more mature the better – Urquhart would point out – because “real maturity in automation requires things like pooling for rapid reallocation of compute resources, run time response to capacity demands, trouble ticket response automation (or elimination of trouble tickets for most automated response scenarios), and integrated system management and measurement.”
That’s the way it goes. Whether the forecast is cloudy or not – 2009 will be the year of automation.