Today we begin a new beat here at CMSWire: software-defined systems. I know. Your marketing buzzword alarm has just sounded, and you may be wondering just how quickly you can reach for the Back button.
But follow me a moment. If you’re one of the many dozens of readers I’ve collected over the years, you know that I’ve never been one to swallow the bait — or more importantly, to pass it on to you so you’ll swallow it.
Up to now, technology publications have treated hardware and software as separate fields from one another, as different as geology from astronomy. So the applications that businesses ran, such as content management systems, were believed to be of interest to a person unique from the one who buys the processors or rigs the network.
But something very important happened in the past five years: The systems on which services such as the content management systems (CMS) ran moved from a hardware platform to a software platform. Rather than processors running the CMS — or the enterprise resource planning (ERP), business process management (BPM), digital asset management (DAM) or customer relationship management (CRM) — new classes of processors sustain the software that runs the CMS. That layer of software, made feasible by virtualization, is fluid, flexible and mobile.