Some days ago I came across an article by Dave Convery about Unified Event Management and the operational patterns (Best Practices), Steve Chambers listed elsewhere. Steve Chambers is a VMware specialist who just moved to Cisco. And that’s the third hint I am giving. Because it was also Dave who drew my attention to the graphic below, I found in the “Virtualization Blueprint for Datacenter.”
Because the chart shows “how the agility will increase as we climb the lifecycle from consolidation to virtualization and then on to automation”, I would like to call it the “Lifecycle of Maturity”. “Lifecycle of maturity” because we know, what agility means for business success in dynamic markets. I like this chart because it also shows the chronology you cannot circumnavigate: it doesn’t make sense to think about virtualization if you didn’t complete your consolidation homework. The same with automation. Of course, you can automate isolated processes in your company. But as long as the end-to-end business process is interrupted and services are late on the client side you are not doing much more than playing around.
Dave Convery obviously knows this: “What we REALLY need is a way to orchestrate/ automate the entire data center. Physical servers, VMs, storage and networking can all be provisioned, monitored and managed. Can they all be managed from a common platform? Once you can have a seamless process for provisioning, managing and monitoring every component of the data center, you will see cloud computing really take off. A user (consumer / customer) that needs an application should not care if it is deployed on a physical or virtual machine, what storage devices hold the data or the network that connects it. The user should know the basic requirements for the application and the ORCHESTRATOR should make the decisions about all of these things.”
Dave Convery is talking about VMware realities/solutions and his vision of the cloud, naming it his “Cloud Shangri-La”. Wikipedia reminds me that “Shangri-La” is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton, but nowadays it has become a synonymous with any earthly paradise. The people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance.
Believe it or not: while I was writing this I start fumbling around in my vest pocket and look what I’ve found: Could it be the ticket? The ticket to Shangri-La? Find it out: Whitepaper Virtualization VMware.