Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Data Center in a Switch
We all know how security has been baked into virtualization projects from day 0. Ok, enough joking. Given our history with virtualization I'm a little scared when I read stories like Dawn of the App Aware Network that show switches becoming giant VM servers. If you didn't think of your routers and switches already as computers, you won't be able to ignore it once they are running such complex applications. I am looking forward to seeing who manages these beasts: network team or server team? Who will get blamed for poor performance? I love how these products are supposed to solve problems when the end result could be greater conflict within the IT department. I guess it won't matter when company IT departments aren't running these devices at all, since IT will be a service offered by an outsourced providers.