FinTech Journal Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White

Blog Feed Post

CLIs and APIs

#sdn #devops #cloud What you need to do isn't changing, just how you do it.

Lawrence Clark Powell

“We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ways of doing much of our routine work. Printing is no longer the only way of reproducing books. Reading them, however, has not changed.”
Lawrence Clark Powell


The age of data center automation is upon us. Whether it's cloud or SDN or devops in general, automation as a means to achieve efficiency and, one hopes, free up resources that can be then redirected to focus on innovation.

As is always the case when we begin to move further upwards, abstracting more and more from what is essentially bare metal, there begins to permeate throughout the industry a perception that core skills are no longer necessary. After all, it's push-button IT. I don't have to know anything about BGP or OSPF or RIP or MAC addresses to deploy a web server for my application. And with the speed with which automation and orchestration efforts are pushing forward, I soon won't have to know or care about an IP address, either.

But while developers of games targeting tablets and phones may not need to understand (or care about) the inner-workings of the hardware platform, someone does. Someone still needs to understand network and application protocols and develop the frameworks atop which other developers can write and deploy games. The same is true in the network. While SDN and orchestration solutions promise simplification of configuration and management, ultimately someone still has to understand the difference between OR and XOR, AND and NAND, and PUSH and POP. keep-calm-learn-to-code

That remains true as you move up the stack. Someone has to understand the difference between SharePoint and Exchange, between a Web 2.0 and a WebSockets application.

Delivering applications, you see, has not changed all that much. HTTP is still HTTP. TCP is still TCP. We're still operating in a very basic client-server pattern. Reading has not changed, just the method of getting the book put together. Delivering the application hasn't changed, just the method of putting the chain of services required to do so together.

That means that the same skills that have been valuable to operations thus far will still be valuable to operations in a fully software-defined data center because, well, someone still has to know how to put the book together. While it's true that automation of best practice configurations is available, someone still needs to understand that configuration and how the pieces play together in the event that troubleshooting or tweaking is required. 

There's also a need for new skills, such as how to chain services to orchestrate a software-defined data center using emerging cloud management platforms like OpenStack and VMware. Skills that enable operations to programmatically insert services and policies into the network using network-side scripting languages like node.js will become more and more valuable as organizations begin to leverage the opportunities afforded by the more fluid network and application network architecture inherent in SDN and cloud computing models. 

It's not that your operational skills are becoming obsolete, it's simply that the methods of applying the knowledge you've gathered over the years are changing. You'll use APIs instead of CLIs and HTTP instead of SNMP. You'll just need to learn some new skills, in order to apply the very valuable skills you already have. Face it, you know when Nagle's been turned on somewhere in the network just by the response pattern of an application incompatible with the algorithm. How you turn it off or change the data path for that one application it is what's changing. 

So when people become concerned about their futures because of all the changes going on, it's good to stop and take a deep breath and recognize that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

 F5 Networksclip_image003[5]clip_image004[5]clip_image006[5]clip_image007[5]clip_image008[5]

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Lori MacVittie

Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.
DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Disruption, Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Leadership and Management hear these words all day every day... lofty goals but how do we make it real? Add to that, that simply put, people don't like change. But what if we could implement and utilize these enterprise tools in a fast and "Non-Disruptive" way, enabling us to glean insights about our business, identify and reduce exposure, risk and liability, and secure business continuity?
In this Women in Technology Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Anne Plese, Senior Consultant, Cloud Product Marketing at Verizon Enterprise, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO at MetraTech; Evelyn de Souza, Data Privacy and Compliance Strategy Leader at Cisco Systems; Seema Jethani, Director of Product Management at Basho Technologies; Victoria Livschitz, CEO of Qubell Inc.; Anne Hungate, Senior Director of Software Quality at DIRECTV, discussed what path they took to find their spot within the tec...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named "Media Sponsor" of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.