Emerging technologies are numerous and challenging to predict in terms of which ones will gain pre-eminence. Possibly, that’s half the fun of working in ICT.
One constant is that more efficient utilisation and flexible recombination of ICT resources will always be expected by business owners. Domains such as virtualisation, Software Defined Networking, next generation security and initiatives like the Open Compute project are constantly evolving and overlaying into each other as major vendors, online service providers and open source communities work hard to drive these technologies forward.
Clearly this is an issue for the operations management system domain, which must somehow support integrated utilisation of such products from multiple vendors, and also anticipate ongoing evolution in new technologies.
ArenaCore has spent considerable time developing an architecture that allows modelling of networked, multi-layer & multi-domain logical resource item types that may be defined and customised dynamically by ArenaCore users.
The intention of this capability is to provide customisable support for resource item types such as storage, operating system, networking, security, directory, policy and application services, and also new-generation service types such as SDN/NFV.
The resulting information model has already been ‘baked into’ the current ArenaCore architecture, meaning we have a relatively open road ahead of us for future support of these resource item types. The Telemanagement Forum Frameworx architecture has provided a mature foundation context for this work.
Currently we are concentrating on establishing our existing product in the ICT marketplace, and will continue working in the background on plans & prototypes for the new elements required.
ArenaCore is most certainly a product that has been architected to support new-generation service types including virtualisation and SDN/NVF.
We can’t wait in particular to make public some of the user interface concepts we’ve been working on!