In the world of fashion and technology old is not only new but sometimes "old is gold." This is not a sentimental look at the past, but a perspective on where are at in the present.
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It is true that fashion does recycle. Not being a fashion guy, I am not sure if mini skirts and bell bottom pants have truly made a resurgence. However, from the age of mainframe computers concepts like Virtualization of compute, networking and storage have become the mainstay. First with Hypervisors like VMWare, and then now with the big push to the cloud with virtual infrastructure that can be instantaneously brought online, at the flick of a switch, dial or key.
Besides focusing on Systems my conversations in the coming year will focus on DevOps, Containers, and MicroServices. The claim here is not that componentization of software or encapsulating code in light-weight containers or getting two departments talking to each other is something radically new. What is new, is that with a recognition of the value in doing these things, there are new tools and technologies that allow these concepts to become ubiquitous. With Open Source tools like Chef, Puppet, Jenkins in the DevOps world, Docker in containers, it makes the life of developers and operations folks hopefully a better one.
Stay tuned for more updates in early 2017.