A new blog started up before Christmas, Infrastructure 2.0 by the folks from Infoblox. Their premise is fairly simple yet compelling. IP Networks of all scopes are becoming too large for the manual labor that administers them, the old way of doing things doesn’t scale to meet the next problems. Of course, network automation is what Infoblox is all about, so to an extent they are calling for the use of their own product – but that is a common thing these days in the blogosphere. After all, the people most interested in a subject and most qualified to ramble on about it are often those who hope to make a business out of it. The articles are insightful and well written, and I have added them to my blogroll.
I generally shy away from the “2.0” suffix, it’s like a giant neon sign “poorly defined buzzword alert” flashing overhead. It’s like a giant umbrella under which every new startup can claim to fit underneath and every established company will claim to be a part of. Remember Web 2.0? If you had a comment form on your website or just used the word ‘social’ in your blurbs you were Web 2.0, it didn’t take much. But I wonder if perhaps this time there is some meaning in there, maybe there always is at first. The complexity of enterprise IP networks does seem to be approaching a critical point where how fast you can push bits is perhaps less important than how fast you can reconfigure to meet new challenges. It’s somewhat similar to the way the raw processing speed of computers has become less important than what you can do with it over the past few years.
On the other hand, it seems like automation of networks has always been steadily improving over time. Is there really a paradigm shift in the wings here or are we just putting one foot in front of the other and calling it a new name?
What do you think? Is ‘Infrastructure 2.0’ a real trend that will move in parallel with cloud computing? Or just another attempt at self-buzzification?
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