Matt Ray is a self-proclaimed open source geek with negligible cooking skills. As Director of Partner Integration for Chef, he spends a good portion of his time helping organizations understand how to take advantage of new and emerging technologies. In this video, he shares his thoughts on strategic thinking and digital disruption. To learn more about smarter configuration management with infrastructure as code, visit this blog: http://ibm.co/1g8g5Az
In particular, Matt talks about an old topic that has found new life: infrastructure automation. Businesses are loaded with tools and processes for intelligent infrastructure management using commercial solutions. And that means they have months and months of scripts developed to automate infrastructure set up and management. That’s why infrastructure automation is hot, hot, hot.
Matt spoke with IBM’s Ann Sheridan, and their full conversation can be found here: http://ibm.co/1g8g5Az
Here is a snippet from their convo:
Ann: What has changed recently that has made this old topic new again?
Matt: I think the key things that have changed about the way infrastructure is managed have to do with scale and resiliency. Web-based tools, scripts and spreadsheets used to assemble and manage your infrastructure just don’t work well when you are deploying into thousands of machines. In the past, things that only happened once in a hundred now happen ten times a day. So the scale is much different. And, when operating at this larger scale, you have to become much more resilient to failure; you have to be able to quickly recreate your infrastructure or deploy new versions of the things that have failed. The new focus is on mean time to recovery vs. mean time between failures. What’s also new is the idea of tracking everything in source code and automating it – the configuration of your servers, the apps that are running, the storage, the networking… infrastructure as code to automate. It’s the best way to address both scale and resiliency.