Sounds like a pipedream. But the ultimately invisible ‘no’ infrastructure is there. Goodbye server room, hello asset-free business. Infrastructure as code, radical automation, software containers, microservices and serverless computing are all paving the way towards retail-style consumption of infrastructure, without being bothered by complexity. With software being continuously developed and deployed on an infrastructure that automatically adjusts, IT infrastructure can finally become the powerful utility it was destined to be; always available, just unperceivable. C’est tout.
• The mix of virtualization, software-defined networking and data centers, cloud, APIs, and software containers makes IT
infrastructure a commodity that can be easily orchestrated and procured from a catalog of services.
• Serverless abstracts hardware from software, allowing the build and construction of server, storage and network landscapes without the need to access or manage anything.
• Serverless is driving ‘intelligence’ from the hardware device (like Cisco ASR or IBM DS8000 series SAN) to a pure software layer, enabling easier access to core infrastructure capabilities.
• Evolving further into ‘NoOps’ computing, also known as ‘Functions’, microservices are developed and deployed on an elastic, cloud-based infrastructure that remains fully hidden from the developers, paid per actual use. The actual infrastructure services no longer matter.
• Startups typically rely on an event-based, architectural combination of IoT, image processing, AI-driven analytics, and social media functions. The default design mix would now consist of third-party APIs and ‘serverless’ computing.
• Chicago-based company, Relativity developed a solution using a serverless architecture based on Microsoft Azure, saving weeks of developmental time versus traditional methods, representing a drastic improvement in its ability to solve business-critical problems and focus developer talent where it was most needed. •British home furnishings retailer, Dunelm embraced serverless on AWS to reduce time to market and provide a platform to encourage their teams to truly innovate.
• New Zealand renewable electricity company, Mercury used AWS Lambda and AWS Step Functions to cut customer onboarding times from 20 minutes to 30 seconds, reducing their expected costs to just $20 USD per 10-thousand orders.
• UK-based government departments are using a software defined approach to infrastructure, accelerating deployment times and increasing availability.
• Open Compute is opening all their design blueprints to use and apply, saving considerable time, effort and money.
- Serverless is reducing complexity, making it simpler to establish and construct full application environments.
- Software defined infrastructure is moving “device logic” ever closer to the action, making it easier and faster to manage and control, paving the way to automate everything.
- Micro-segmentation is enabling a more granular security construct, increasing the security stance and enhancing Cyber Security.
- Open Compute allows re-use time and again, saving time, energy and cost.
- Allowing for modest-to no upfront IT infrastructure investments, options are noticeably limitless.
- Open Standards: Open Compute Project Data Center, Open Compute Project Servers
- Software-defined infrastructure: VMWare’s NSX (Network) and VSAN (storage), Intel’s SDI,
- (Hyper)Converged hardware: IBM, Fujitsu, Dell, Lenovo, NetApp, Cisco, Oracle, EMC
- Managed data center services: Mesosphere, Nutanix, Qubole
- Serverless computing: AWS Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions, IBM Cloud Functions (based on Apache OpenWhisk)