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19 April 2012


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It will be interesting to see if the new system will limit it's reconfigurations to predefined parameters, or take initiative and start out pacing the original programmers.

George Rebane

ScottO 209pm - that's a good point, and it depends what kind of self-optimization algorithms are implemented within what scope in the virtual network. I would be surprised if there will not be routines written which allow the virtual network to explore and discover/update its hardware substratum so as to expand its 'art of the possible'.

Ryan Mount

Here at IBM, we have our Smart Cloud (I work for this division) implementations which behave very much like this, although the Cloud and it's associated infrastructure isn't as self-healing and configuring as Mr. Casado may wish.

I would love a network that could do this for me. To some extent, my other platforms already do this. And why not? Why should I have to build a new house each time I move? I just just want to move in.

IBM's Smart Cloud offering is downright spectacular. We can throw-up a multi-site, redundant, geographically disperse (as in sites around the globe) infrastructure (DB2 Databases, Websphere app servers, and others) in a matter of a couple of hours.

At the hardware and app-level, we already pretty much have what Mr. Casado is proposing. We just need data center remote hands (employees) to rack servers and start them up. With regards to the networks, and I've mentioned this in other discussion, the Cisco paradigm is a real fiscal pain point. They're expensive and there's a priesthood that goes along with managing their equipment. I would be quite pleased to turn them into a commodity and have a very simple and light admin layer for managing my networks.

This ain't Skynet, this is value for my customers.

Michael Anderson

Hi guys, pretty interesting stuff for sure. Thanks for the article, George. Dealing with the limitations of the physical and data link layers is still where I have some questions.

I downloaded the DVNI white paper and gave it a quick read. There's nothing specifically referencing the OSI model, but I'm assuming DVNI virtualizes at least layers 3 through 6.

As Ryan notes, for the Internet to work we still need "data center remote hands (employees) to rack servers and start them up." Robots could certainly manage the physical labor here, but I need to understand if/how DVNI works at layers 1 and 2.

And of course, everything still will come to a grinding halt when the machine gets turned off accidently, or someone plugs the Ethernet cable into the wrong NIC. I think the Singularity is still a ways out (-;

Ryan Mount


We're also using organic organisms (people) to monitor all this stuff too. However a lot of that is automated as well.

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