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The way it is and the way it should to be

The way it is and the way it should to be

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Published by: botchagalupe on Apr 01, 2008
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The way it is and the way it should to be

With all this talk about clouds and provisioning, coincidently, yesterday I had a conversation with one of the leading Tivoli provisioning consultants in the world. I have a client that needs to upgrade to the latest Tivoli Provisioning Management (TPM) product and I reached out to this consultant to help me. This consultant is used by IBM to implement TPM around the world. My client needed a ball-park estimate in order to get a provisioning conversion project into their next year's fiscal budget. This client is a relatively small enterprise class customer with less than 500 servers. When I asked the consultant for a time estimate, he said 4 months. I tried to politely say your nuts and we settled on 3 months. Now contrast this with the infamous iLike/Puppet story. Last year iLike.com added a new Facebook application to their service and they gained 35k new users in 24 hours and over 700k new users in just a couple of days. Within a three week period they went from 3 million users to 6.7 million users. Less than a year later, they now have 23 million users. Surely, they must have used an industrial strength multi-million dollar provisioning system - "not". Their provisioning system was FREE. With the help of a consulting company called HJK they used an open source product called Puppet to manage their server growth. HJK boasts that with a really short services engagement, one or two weeks, they can achieve 10 minute psychical system bare metal installs. On Xen images they can provision a system in two minutes. In other words, for about 15k in services and another 15k for a Puppet maintenance contract, HJK can provide a solution that the Big Four charges over a million plus and they can deliver the solution in two weeks instead of 3 months. I am also reminded of a recent client visit where IBM brought me in to discuss possible network management upgrade strategies. During the meeting the customer asked me a question I hadn't anticipated - "John, we are looking at $500k in software upgrade costs and another $500k in services to implement the upgraded software, do you know of any open source alternatives?". The fact is that I wouldn't have answered that question no matter who the vendor was that brought me in. Moreover, certainly not in front of IBM who indirectly produces over 90% of my current revenue stream. However, what I really wanted to do was shout out loud - "Talk to Tarus in Podunk Pittsboro, because he will do it with software and services for around 50k”. Tarus Balog is the owner of OpenNMS, another open source IT management solution. How long can the large propriety IT management software vendors continue on this collision course?


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