Recommended Read: Gartner Mitigating Firmware Security Risks

If you are a Gartner subscriber, RackN recommends reading “How to Mitigate Firmware Security Risks in Data Centers, and Public and Private Clouds” by Tony Harvey.

This excellent paper discusses why having a process for patching firmware is critical for businesses.

It goes on to add that enabling the security features of hardware (TPM, Secure Boot and Signature Validation) are quickly becoming required features for data center infrastructure.

If you have questions, please contact RackN.  We can help map these requirements into Digital Rebar capabilities.

2017 Gartner IO & DC Wrap Up

Like other Gartner events, the Infrastructure and Operations (IO) show is all about enterprises maintaining systems.  There are plenty of hype chasing sessions, but the vibe is distinctly around working systems and practical implementations.  Think: sports coats not t-shirts.  In that way, it’s less breathless and wild-eyed than something like KubeCon (which is busy celebrating a bumper crop of 1.0 projects).  The very essence of this show is to project an aura of calm IT stewardship.

So what keeps these seasoned IT pros awake?  Lack of cross-vendor Integration.

Terry Cosgrove of Gartner said this very clearly, “most components were not designed to work together.” This was not just a comment about the industry, but within vendor suites.  In today’s acquisitive and agile market, there’s no expectation that even products from a single vendor will integrate smoothly.  Why is integration so hard?  We’re innovating so quickly that legacy APIs and new architectures don’t align well. For enterprises who cannot simply jump to the new-new thing, integrations drive considerable value.

Cosgrove went on to add that enterprises need to OWN the integrations – they can’t delegate that to vendors.

That advice resonated for me.  We’re clearly in a best-of-breed IT environment where hybrid and portability concerns dominate discussions.  This is not about vendor lock-in but innovation.  That leads us back to the need for better integrations between products, platforms and projects.  Customers need to start rejecting products without great, documented APIs; otherwise, there is no motivation for products to focus on integration over adding features.  

Sadly, it was left to the audience to infer the “use dollars to force vendors to integrate” message.

There were many other topics of interest at the show.  Here’s a very short synopsis of my favorites:

  • Edge is coming and will be a big deal.  We’re still having to explain what it is.  Check back next summit (or listen to our great podcasts to get ahead of the curve).
  • AI Ops is not really AI, it’s just smarter logging.  We’ll get there eventually, but it will take some time.
  • DevOps is still a thing and it’s still hard because of the culture change required.  We’re slowly getting to a point where “DevOps = Automated Processes” and that’s OK.  If you agree with that then you’ve missed the point of system thinking and lean.  We’re done trying to explain it to you for now.
  • No start-ups.  Sadly, disruptive innovation is antithetical to this show and that may be OK.  The audience counts on the analysts to filter this for them instead of getting raw.

In all these cases, it’s listener beware.  There’s more behind the curtain that you are allowed to see.

Deep Thinking & Tech + Great Guests – L8ist Sh9y Podcast

I love great conversations about technology – especially ones where the answer is not very neatly settled into winners and losers (which is ALL of them in IT).  I’m excited that RackN has (re)launched the L8ist Sh9y (aka Latest Shiny) podcast around this exact theme.

Please check out the deep and thoughtful discussion I just had with Mark Thiele (notes) of Apcera where we covered Mark’s thought on why public cloud will be under 20% of IT and culture issues head on.

Spoiler: we have David Linthicum coming next, SO SUBSCRIBE.

I’ve been a guest on some great podcasts (CloudcastgcOnDemandDatanautsIBM DojoHPEFoodfight) and have deep respect for critical work they do in industry.

We feel there’s still room for deep discussions specifically around automated IT Operations in cloud, data center and edge; consequently, we’re branching out to start including deep interviews in addition to our initial stable of IT Ops deep technical topics like TerraformEdge ComputingGartnerSYM review, Kubernetes and, of course, our own Digital Rebar.

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Podcast – Gartner Symposium Recap and Thoughts on IT Disruption

Rob Hirschfeld attended the Gartner Symposium last week in Orlando and provides his thoughts on the event, the attendees, and how larger company CIO’s plan for and choose technology. This is an excellent podcast for open source and leading edge technologists as it offers insight into how technology is chosen for large companies that always seem to be 5 to 7 years behind. Rob also has thoughts based on hearing from Clayton Christensen on disruption in the market and how large companies seem to always miss the real competition.

Additional L8ist Sh9y Podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/user-410091210.

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