Hybrid cloud means full employment for integration specialists

Hybrid cloud means full employment for integration specialists

Summary: Cloud shifts the focus to infrastructure integration -- 'something with which IT is not so well versed.'


In a new post at ZDNet UK, Lori MacVittie takes the idea of "hybrid" to task, observing that hybrid cloud isn't as neat and tidy as proponents are making it sound.  Hybrid cloud -- just as SOA -- requires integration work, and lots more of it.

"Instead of simply integrating applications -- something with which IT is well versed these days -- we are shifting our focus toward integrating infrastructure -- something with which IT is not so well versed."

But there's a lot we can learn from SOA, Lori adds. "But like its application predecessors, a successful integration strategy must be able to incorporate on-premise, off-premise and legacy systems to enable consistent processes and management of resources across the entire infrastructure."

Lori also ties things back one of my posts, noting that enterprise architecture has been the missing link in cloud formations. But now that cloud has come to the enterprise in various forms, it's time to start thinking hard about how cloud services will fit in with everything else. "Simply provisioning the resources in a public environment isn't enough," she says. "It must be tied back into the infrastructure and the delivery process. It must be joined to the existing resources so that it appears a seamless extension of the corporate compute resource pool. This process requires integration into existing infrastructure architecture."

So, integration specialists, your jobs are secure for a long time to come. EAs will be kept busy for the foreseeable future as well.

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  • RE: Hybrid cloud means full employment for integration specialists

    So where does someone actually learn to become a integration specialist? and what skill set is required?
  • Can you smell the desperation

    The cloud scam is not selling, so lets throw some words around to see if people become stupid.
  • Failure to do system design

    If I have understood this SOA thing correctly (which is I agree unlikely as it is so ill-defined) then basically the idea is that you build a lot of individual services and then hope that you can find some way of patching them together after the event.<br><br>One could perhaps speculate how well another complex system, like say an aircraft, could be expected to work if built according to these principles.<br><br>As regards the skills required by an integration specialist, I would recommend a sound knowledge of string, sellotape, rubber bands and ill-founded optimism. Also remember to keep admiring the emperor's advanced lean clothing architecture.
  • Hot pluggable - what can it mean?

    But we were assured that all these services were hot pluggable!

    A term that I naively assumed meant that the customers themselves could integrate all these services together.

    But instead suddenly we require all these integration specialists.

    Now the meaning of hot pluggable becomes clear. A group of highly paid specialists, dressed in special heat protective clothing, attempts to put the hot, round, plug in the square service hole. With long handled pincers they attempt to position the plug, then with a few bangs of a hammer the deed is done. At which point, if you are lucky, the whole system crashes. If you are unlucky gigobytes(sic, think about it) of inconsistent data leak into your system steadily over weeks and months, requiring a huge clean up operation, thereby ensuring the continuing employment of the highly specialized consultants.