Snap out of it – fundamental change is needed to application deployment in virtual environments
Layering is the “flavor of month” it seems. There has been a steady up-tick in articles being posted about the concept so this one is no exception. But when we talk about layering,what are we really discussing? Applications, user persona or both? Are we discussing some sort of streaming technology or virtual disks? Regardless, what we are really discussing is a new layer of abstraction for virtual machines. Therefore, we must take a step back and ask ourselves where the value resides in “layering” and what would we expect to see in any solution. Currently there are several companies developing in and around this concept. Many involve the techniques I just mentioned but when we apply the premise that layering is abstraction, then the answer to the question I posed would be a solution that utilizes the underlying hypervisor and infrastructure to the fullest extent so as to eliminate variables and provide for a flexible, scalable and predictable solution.