Enterprise Storage Predictions for 2018: IT Becomes Automatic

We live in a truly fascinating era of technology. Multiple avenues of innovation, such as blockchain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, are poised to fundamentally transform business. Will it happen over night? No. Will it happen in 2018? To a degree. But more importantly, 2018, and probably 2019, will be about preparing for these new innovations by transforming IT to compete in the digital age. The bottom line is that in five years or so, the more digitally adept businesses will have already won, and it will be too late for a company to redefine itself. In other words, the time for IT transformation is now. It is this urgent need for transformation that provides the background for my 2018 predictions for enterprise storage.  

Topics: Storage Multi-Cloud kubernetes All flash NVMe

KubeCon: Networking is Shaped by the Eye of the Beholder

I spent a bit of time visiting KubeCon 2015, the first Kubernetes conference held in San Francisco. Kubernetes is a Docker container orchestration system created by Google. I went there mostly to see what’s going on in the networking side of Kubernetes (written in shorthand as K8S).

Networking Plug-Ins

The Container Network Interface: Network Plugins for Kubernetes and beyond talk by Eugene Yakubovich of CoreOS on the Container Network Interface was interesting. Its aim is to make network plug-ins work among different container engines. It works with so many different flavors of networking – ranging from MAC VLANS (a reverse VLAN that takes a single network interface and creates many virtual ones with different MAC addresses) to newer SDN systems like Weave and flannel.

Topics: Networking kubernetes

Will Googles’ Kubernetes become the GodFather of OpenStack Cloud Container Management?

Google’s recent announcement to become a sponsor of the OpenStack foundation was a virtual coup for the open source community. With the likes of traditional technology vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco, EMC, Red Hat and others already onboard the OpenStack bandwagon, adding Google to this prestigious mix nicely rounds out the foundation’s “Who’s Who” of technology luminaries. 

Topics: cloud google openstack kubernetes containers