First Amazon, Now Microsoft Follows Kaavo in Cloud Management
A few weeks’ back I wrote about Amazon CloudFormation and how it is similar to Kaavo’s approach. Earlier this week at the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced what they are calling “a new innovation” to be released in the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to enable service level management. The enabling technology powering this is what Microsoft hails as the “new concept” call “service template”. According to Microsoft, a service template captures all the information that you need to deploy a service. So basically Microsoft has finally recognized that in the cloud you have to take a top down application centric approach to effectively manage applications and workloads. “Service Template” is basically MS equivalent of Kaavo System Definition; we released it in January 2009. The biggest difference is that Kaavo has implemented a general purpose application centric management solution which is agnostic to OS and programing languages. One has to wonder if Microsoft corporate policy of not using Google search is to blame for Microsoft not knowing about Kaavo System Definition concept.
Anyways it is great to see Microsoft is taking an application centric approach for cloud management. At Kaavo, as pioneers of the approach, we feel great about this as it is another validation of what we have been working on since 2007.
For those who are wondering why application centric management is important for cloud computing, I will quote Lori MacVittie as she said it best in her blog, “when applications are decoupled from the servers on which they are deployed and the network infrastructure that supports and delivers them, they cannot be effectively managed unless they are recognized as individual components themselves.”
As a reference here is the link to the transcript of the announcement, it is in the second half of the transcript when Brad Anderson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Management & Security talks about it briefly and introduces Chris Stirrat. For a quick overview of Kaavo technology and System Definition please watch the following short video. For short demo please watch this video.