Sunday, November 13, 2016

Infra Store - IT Marketplace


We all are familiar with Apple AppStore or Google Play Store we visit every day to download apps, games and necessary updates for our phones and tablets. AppStore model revolutionize the market place idea making it easy for both the software vendors and consumers to publish and install the software without the hassles of software building, distribution and deployment.

This success encouraged organizations to adopt the same market place model for distribution of enterprise software through enterprise app stores. Through these stores IT could deliver the software and updates with improved OLAs while realising true IT charge back models

While on the other hand, SDN (Software Defined Networks) changed the IT infrastructure paradigm replacing dedicated hardware devices with software components wherein a set of virtualized machines can play the role of routers, switches, gateways (even more than one at a time). This created new possibility in the form of spinning components dynamically to respond to demand of the hour which by traditional means was not possible. Still better, now these software driven virtual devices are apps making it simpler to build, deploy in a dev-ops ways while interact with the other apps to form part of the MeshApp schema of things.

Now imagine a situation wherein we can bring the best of both the worlds and create a new marketplace, a marketplace of IT infrastructure where IT devices are available off the shelf for an IT admin to select and add to the the dynamic network layout on the fly (device on demand model). This type of device store marketplace can delivery all the advantages of enterprise app store like workflow driven approval mechanisms, on demand chargeback models etc., which eases the cost of implementing and maintaining IT governance. These type of Infra Stores can create more and more possibilities which we have not thought through at this point.

Sounds interesting, write to me if you have more thoughts to share on this or to discuss how to implement these models

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