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jemison288
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jemison288,
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5/28/2014 | 10:19:07 PM
Re: Physical simplicity precedes software orchestration...?
Actually, there's no real requirement of simplicity or uniformity in the data center for this to work.  Usually, you just need an agent that you can install on each machine/VM.
RichW774
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5/28/2014 | 7:30:16 PM
Orchestration from Automation
Orchestration seems to be another one of those terms that get defined (and the redefined) to meet a specific need from time to time.  However the notion of using software to implement automatic management of service-based applications is relatively new.  

As applications become services their management shifts from an event model (I ran a program) to a temporal model (I accessed an API).  Automation provides three benefits that are necessary given this new temporal dimension: repetability, provenance, and scale.  These features are much more important if the operations staff must be able to know not only "what" happened but also "when" it happened, particularing if there are many examples of what (scale) over a long period of time (services).  

Thus automation is a somewhat necessary consequence of moving to a services-oriented application model.  

 
Charlie Babcock
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5/28/2014 | 6:11:42 PM
Physical simplicity precedes software orchestration...?
You can't move orchestration into software and set reliable orchestration policies unless you have already radically simplified your environment, can you Joe? You need a near-uniform set of x86 servers, with Red Hat Linux servers in one group, Ubuntu in another, Windows in another; Sandy Bridge separated from Ivy Bridge, etc. We have extremely complex data centers today.


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