On-Prem Cloud with Bob Fraser

Not every company wants to move to the public cloud.

Some companies have already built data centers, and can continue to operate their business with their own servers. Some companies have compliance issues with the public cloud, and want to operate their own servers to avoid legal risk.

Operating a data center is not easy. Operating systems need to be updated and security vulnerabilities need to be patched. Servers fail, and their workloads need to be automatically scheduled onto other servers to avoid downtime.

In contrast to classic on-prem data center management, the cloud provides many benefits: automatic updates, an infinite pool of resources, fully programmable infrastructure as code. In the cloud, developers can provision infrastructure with an API request. Continuous delivery pipelines can be spun up at the click of a button.

This tooling makes it dramatically easier for developers to move quickly, and for a business to move faster. Companies that operate their own data center want to be able to have these benefits of the cloud while still controlling their own infrastructure.

Today’s guest Bob Fraser works at HPE on OneView, a tool for managing on-prem infrastructure like a cloud. Bob describes the difficulties of managing legacy on-prem infrastructure, and the advantage of building a management layer on top of data center infrastructure to make it more programmable.

We’ve done lots of shows recently about Kubernetes in the context of cloud computing. Today’s show outlines how modern on-prem infrastructure can be managed like a cloud. Full disclosure: HPE is a sponsor of Software Engineering Daily.

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