Jon woke up this morning, groaning from a software-defined hangover (SDH), and slipped his feet into his software-defined slippers while pulling on his software-defined robe. 5:45AM. Later than normal, he thought. Poor Orchestration of his virtual resources pooled for ease of deployment. Must talk to his virtual IT department using his software-defined network when the world wakes up.
Jon moves into the kitchen and consults his software-defined pantry (SDP) to see what’s available to make for breakfast for his software-defined kids (SDK). His head is pounding. Time for some software-defined coffee (SDC) and some software-defined toast (SDT) while prepping the agile batter for some software-defined waffles (SDW).
The kids are not happy to be awakened. They are grumpy bed heads, but he has software-defined love (SDL) for them anyway. Especially the two software-defined autistics (SDA) — the son who loves the Lego Movie this week (why not, a software-defined feature film (SDFF) if ever there was one) and the daughter who jumps from bed immediately to her computer to listen to software-defined music played over anime videos on YouTube (more software-defined entertainment (SDE) fare). The two normies are cool, but they just aren’t hip to the emerging software-defined universe that will shortly become reality for us all.
The day begins. Another adventure in software-defined paradise (SDP).
On April 8, IBM will be livestreaming its Mainframe 50th Anniversary event that you don’t want to miss. The mainframe hit corporate world in 1964 and changed everything. I met my first one in 1980-ish and fell in love. Frankly, all of the cloud stuff and the virtualization woo that I read and see today strike me as feeble efforts to build capabilities that the mainframe can already deliver.
In any case, I am marking my calendar for April 8. Maybe I can see a bit of the show before I jet off to London. Details are here.
Sometimes I wish that the current generation of IT newbs had the opportunities I had to learn computing first from the perspective of the mainframe. I find that it provides a lot of context for most of the “cutting edge” technology discussions going on today. x86 virtualization is delivering yesterday’s multitenancy tomorrow (we already worked the bugs out of virtual machines about 30 years ago). As for clouds, we can securely allocate and deallocate resources to virtualized workloads today…with a mainframe. And we can deliver those SLAs that the cloudies can only promise sometime in the future.
I should also give a shout out to my friends at CA Technologies, whose latest addition to their mainframe dashboard, CA Chorus, is a network and storage management role that I hope to see extended to distributed computing environments in the future.
Anyway, the mainframe is 50. Salutations. And here is an 50th birthday t-shirt that I would give you if mainframes wore t-shirts.
Happy Birthday, Big Iron!
Next week, I will be traveling to London on behalf of TechTarget to deliver a day long presentation entitled Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery in an Era of the Software-Defined Data Center. This is one of four session I am doing with TechTarget this year (excluding any custom work) as the company experiments with different kinds of offerings going forward. I am sorry not to be hobknobbing around the USA this year, but I will be doing this session in London and one in the Fall in Paris. I will also be presenting at Storage Decisions, which this year will occur only in NYC (no more Chicago or San Francisco).
Here’s a sampling of what I will be addressing in London…
I know, I know. Software-defined has achieved the status of a religion for some people. Who am I to make fun? I will strive to be respectful…
If it is well received, maybe I will do the three decks as a webinar for IT-SENSE.org, or maybe I will do a cutdown version in Las Vegas at IBM EDGE 2014 (more on this in the next post).
If you are a reader of this blog from London, I hope to see you on April 10, next Thursday, for what promises to be an interesting three hours. Come for the food, stay for the sessions!