APIs and DevOps

DON MACVITTIE | January 24, 2019

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As always, there are interesting trends in DevOps, and I wanted to point out one that is starting to bother me: the “API economy,” and how it impacts DevOps decision-makers. Traditional infrastructure—SAN, LAN, physical systems, etc.—were generally controlled the best from the command line. While there are a million of them, Cisco IOS is probably the one that you’ll remember best (or you stopped using to read this—just depends upon the shop). When large-scale automation started, these command lines became a bit problematic. After all, scripting was possible, but painful, and often had non-portable hardcoded values. Virtualization, and later cloud—and even later SDN and NFV—all made this better, but on a layer over the top of (and normally not well integrated with) the physical layer. Years ago I bemoaned that we had doubled the workload of operations by re-implementing what was already implemented at the physical layer. So we were configuring the physical���even for cloud you have to get to the cloud—and then configuring the virtual.

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