The Inevitability of IT Solutions as Code

By Michael Vizard  |  Print this article Print
app economy, cloud, microservices

NEWS ANALYSIS: As IT becomes more programmable, it will be easier to manage IT infrastructure as well as the apps running on those stacks of infrastructure.

Oracle also envisions microservices changing the IT world as solution providers currently know it.

"Microservices expose IT at a more granular level," said Amit Zavery, senior vice president for the Oracle Cloud Platform. "Our goal is to combine the management of data and those microservices."

Kevin Eggleston, senior vice president of social innovation at Hitachi Data Systems, said it's only a matter of time before microservices and APIs drive the cost of switching out any given product or service within a larger IT solution to zero. For that reason, HDS is focusing more on crafting larger-scale repeatable IoT solutions for specific vertical industries in concert with its consulting arm.

Cisco also foresees a day when its unified communications services will be more routinely invoked via APIs by other applications. Jonathan Rosenberg, CTO for collaboration at Cisco, said the company is working toward making it simpler to invoke unified communications delivered via the cloud from within almost any application in a way that enables Cisco to use APIs to upgrade that service without causing any disruptions in terms of how that service is used.

"The cloud hides a lot of complexity," Rosenberg said. "You can now adopt more of a continuous delivery model."

Put it all together, and it quickly becomes apparent that almost every aspect of deploying and managing IT in the enterprise is undergoing a transformation. The challenge facing solution providers today is figuring out how to make sure they stay relevant in what is rapidly shaping up to be a brave new world of IT that will manifest itself much sooner than they think.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for more than 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.