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“What's the best way to get promoted?” VMware engineering architect Scott Lowe asked the Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference this week. “Make yourself replaceable,” came the answer from the floor, earning a big tick from Lowe. Lowe asked the question in a presentation titled “Preparing for the software-defined data …

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When Scott says it, the Voice Of Authority Speaketh. When I say it, "oh that's just paranoia." Remember kids: it isn't Truth until it's spoken by a highly placed corporate employee in a venue that marketing and PR can't vehemently deny.

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probably all true

right up until "Big Disaster" happens and the peons are not there to fix the hardware the multitude of hypervisors and VMs lurk on. Out of interest and a morbid sense of impending doom, just how many techies can survive the transition from a useful member of society into a parasite ? Me, cynical ?

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"... uses automation ... , a trend made flesh .."

I don't think 'flesh' is an appropriate word there.

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The reason there was no technical component to the presentation is simple: at the coalface, it doesn't actually look any different.

Who thinks virtualisation killed the sysadmin? Nobody. Virtual machines require the same system administration that regular machines do.

The people in the crowd have probably not used the NVP product or been exposed to similar interfaces in OpenStack. Sure, at the hardware level, you only need an essentially flat network architecture and the NVP product sits on top of that. But NVP needs ops staff to run, especially at scale. Virtual networks created need the same administration as regular networks do. There will be considerably more of them as well, since they are created on a per tenant basis.

The ops guys don't go into the management layer. They're needed to run OpenStack or VCloud. They're need to run NVP. They're need to run the automation tools to manage the proliferation of per tenant application stacks that consist of virtualised compute, storage and networking (plus whatever sits on top!). They're needed to secure all of this!

Scott Lowe is spruiking an ideal that is so far away from reality it's simply not funny. A common issue in the IaaS market. Shame nobody had the spine to ask him if there were any US Government backdoors in VMware products.

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HAHAHA Christ, the wankery.

The eternal dream of automation that makes the business run, fixes itself and also pays for the boss' "business trip with the secretary".

I know: let's try to invade Russia in winter.

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Have you seen that? Click a button and spin up a VM, or that's the theory.

Anyone used it?

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Want to succeed? Be automated

"We have no need for Bob anymore as an admin...lets make him a Manager."

Do people pay to go to a VMUG to hear this garbage? They should be paid.

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