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Next Generation Infrastructure ... and its Management

Greg Ness is extending and enlarging his theme regarding the demands that next generation datacenters and cloud computing make on infrastructure... and particularly network infrastructure.  Notwithstanding the fact that he's now employed by a vendor of appliances and technologies that offers network services (like DNS, DHCP, IPAM, RADIUS, ...), the theme has merit -- it's not just a salespitch, folks.   So, while I might argue with his analysis of VMware's fortunes, the basic message ... new approaches to infrastructure for next generation IT ... is dead on, and with it the requisite new approaches to infrastructure management.

The Cloud will need Infrastructure 2.0 « ARCHIMEDIUS

... While many pundits have their heads in the clouds proclaiming the next big thing, there are a few issues that need to be resolved first. And those issues promise to fuel new demand for new types of networking solutions.

These new demands of scale and complexity and availability were beyond the wildest dreams of the creators of the core network services that support today’s increasingly strained network infrastructure. Many of these services, like DNS and DHCP are decades old. They were created in simpler days, usually in silos and with no concept of a need for interoperability between the protocols. Those days are now gone. DHCP servers, for example, now do dynamic DNS updates.

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