Convergence is great when you are leading the way and implementing your vision. But, what happens when you are on the “other side” of convergence? I’ve blown the horn for convergence of network and server infrastructures in the form of virtualization for a while. With virtual network ports out numbering physical ports it seems obvious to me that the operations teams associated with both groups should merge. However, when a company produces a product that attempts to break down the silos between the database infrastructure group and the virtualization group I paused.
A rep from the company Blue Medora reached out to me a few months ago to talk to me about a VMware plugin for Oracle Enterprise Manager (EM12c). It allows a DBA that uses EM12c to monitor vSphere and VM performance specific to Oracle DB instances. It basically gives a DBA a view into innards of the vSphere environment. The product seems cool and all but, it raised my eyebrow.
This put me in the same position of network administrators when it comes to giving virtualization administrators views into the network. I started to ask really defensive questions. Why would I give a DBA such data? On the flip side why would I want my VMware administrator using EM12c? Why can’t one group just use the tools they have to provide the other with information to collaborate on troubleshooting and capacity planning? I sounded a lot like the “old network guard” trying to protect their turf when talking network virtualization.
I have to be consistent in my message. I believe that the future of the enterprise engineer is not going to be based on a single pillar of technology. Enterpises will need well rounded Infrastructure Engineers opposed to single subject matter experts. This product just brought up a part of convergence I never considered. Infrastructure cross training doesn’t stop at networks and server virtualization. As enterprises figure out how to leverage the public cloud to outsource their operations they will need these single pane tools to better equip the infrastructure engineer to support applications that run in public clouds.
I don’t know if Blue Medora’s product is timed right or not but, I can see a use for it in the future cloud based enterprise infrastructure.