Infrastructure's journey to invisibility

Good technology is technology that users don't even notice - and so, in a sense, good technology is invisible. As cloud computing and the compartmentalised world of containers now flourishes, how should we track our IT infrastructure's route to a comfortable level of invisibility?


The ultimate goal for any truly successful technology to achieve is a state of invisibility. This is the point at which it becomes subsumed into systems, platforms, services or devices as an integral component so that users (and other machines) can simply assume it exists - and so get on with their tasks in hand.

Nobody stops to question the speed of their machine's microprocessor anymore, few of us have too many storage issues - after all, the cost of plugging in an extra terabyte isn't exorbitant - and even operating systems themselves are now largely empowered with the ability to auto-update and extend themselves when and where needed.

Cloud computing was of course always intended to provide a core level of ubiquitous foundational power and - to be fair - it does in many areas, but the modern litany of use cases and riotous market of competing interconnected virtualisation services hasn't always made everything easier. Nobody really talks about plug-and-play cloud. Well, not yet anyway.

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