In the realm of virtualization, the majority of us have been implementing VMware. VMware has consumed around 90% of my attention over the past few years. This is why we are intrigued to read Duncan and Frank's books on in-depth HA and DRS technical algorithms. In 2013, a lot of attention has shifted away from a primary VMware focus and more Hyper-V and KVM discussions are happening. Hyper-V for cost reductions and feature parity, but KVM for native OpenStack integration. OpenStack has garnered much attention in 2012 & 2013 and will most certainly evolve more in 2014. The one thing we can see here is that the hypervisor market isn't big. At this point, we have a choice of 3 (i know there are more) "production-ready" hypervisors and we must choose how to manage them. Choosing a strategy is a very big decision for many. Have you considered how your hypervisor strategy will take part in your networking strategy over the next few years? As you can guess, the days of caring about in-depth HA & DRS inner-workings, vSphere architecture diagrams, and more has fallen to about <30% of my attention span.
The days of the command-line IOS junkie are doomed, but the world of software-defined networking is in infancy. Many of the people I follow on twitter have a narrowed view of this landscape. Particularly, VMware's acquisition of Nicera (NSX) is what made everyone start caring about SDN in the first place. Not going to lie, I was a green-horn myself and still am. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but NSX isn't the only player in this game. In fact, there are lots! We primarily hear about the big ones coming from the tech giants such as Cisco, HP, and Juniper, but it's also worth noting that there are plenty of others out there with competing (and sometimes even better) technology. SDN is the new wild west frontier and only a few will come out victorious with a large grasp on the landscape.Add a comment