Creation of VMs from a golden image can be automated, but the requirements are not easy to discover.
Much work has been invested in software-defined networks that allow enterprises to define the paths of network traffic using software.
Driven by fundamental changes in the economics, scalability, flexibility, and speed of implementation for computing, the cloud has started a transformation that will take place over a decade or more, not months or years.
A commenter on my Forbes.com JargonSpy column this week (How to Fix Apps Marketplaces) made a creative suggestion about monitoring the use of applications that points in many interesting directions that have been on my mind. Brent Frei said in a comment to the post:
Everybody knows about IRS audits. Much less well understood are Oracle audits where the software behemoth comes into a company and – much as the IRS wields the proverbial fine-toothed comb to hunt for irregularities – Oracle uses its version of a fine-toothed comb to sift through a company’s software library and its licenses. Every piece of software is inspected, and so are the appropriate Oracle licenses and contracts.