VMworld 2016 and the Renaissance of the Application Platform Engineer

This year we will do a deep dive into:

How to Design and Tune Virtualized Trading Platforms – VIRT7507

Last year at VMworld 2015  and Spring-2015

Last year we highlighted the notion of Platform Engineering in the above sessions, and as briefly described here.

It is important to understand the elements of this rapidly moving phenomenon through our industry, a phenomenon of building platforms, not just business logic software but infrastructure as software. We humbly believe that the drive towards these platform solutions is due to the following fact: approximately half of new applications fail to meet their performance objectives, and almost all of these have 2.x more cloud capacity provisioned than what is actually needed. As developers we live with this fact every day, always chasing performance and feasible scalability, but never actually cementing it into a scientific equation where it is predictable, but rather it has always been trial based, and heavily prone to error. As a result we find ourselves delving with some interesting platforming patterns of this decade, and unfortunately we are lead to believe that such patterns as Microservices, 3rd platforms, cloud native, and 12factor are mainly a change in coding patterns, to the contrary – these patterns reveal a much more deep shift in the way developers view and consume infrastructure. In fact these patterns represent a major change in “deployment” approach, a change in how we deploy and structure code artifacts within applications runtimes, and how those application runtimes can leverage the underlying cloud capacity. These patterns are not code design patterns, but rather platform engineering patterns, with a drive to using APIs/Software to define application platform policies to manage scalability, availability and performance in a predictable manner. In the above session we  will briefly inspect platform patterns that we built over the last decade, and the ones we are building for the next decade. The main objective of the session will be to layout the definition of Platform Engineering as the software engineering science needed in order to understand how to precisely deploy application components onto application runtimes and how in-turn one should appropriately map the application runtimes onto the infrastructure that it needs. With this knowledge you should be able to more effectively decide when to scale-out (by how many instances), and when to scale-up both manually and dynamically as needed within your software defined platform.


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