Infra store – the next IT marketplace

We are all familiar with the Apple App Store or Google Play Store we visit every day to download apps, games and necessary updates for our phones and tablets. The app store model revolutionized the marketplace idea, making it easy for both software vendors and consumers to publish and install software without the hassles of software building, distribution and deployment.

This success has encouraged organizations to adopt the same marketplace model for distribution of enterprise software through enterprise app stores. Through these stores, IT can deliver software and updates with improved operational-level agreements while realizing true IT chargeback models

At the same time, SDN (Software Defined Networks) changed the IT infrastructure paradigm, replacing dedicated hardware devices with software components that can play the role of routers, switches and gateways (even more than one at a time). This created new possibilities in the form of provisioning new network components dynamically, as needed, to respond to demand by the hour. This was not possible in the past using traditional means. Even better, these software-driven virtual devices are now apps, making it simpler to build and deploy infrastructure in a DevOps way. These components can interact with other apps to form part of the Mesh App (Digital Mesh of the Future) scheme of things.

Now imagine a situation wherein we can bring the best of both worlds and create a new marketplace: a marketplace of IT infrastructure, where IT devices are available off the shelf for an IT admin to select and add to the dynamic network layout on the fly (device-on-demand model).

This type of device store marketplace can deliver all the advantages of an enterprise app store such as workflow-driven approval mechanisms and on-demand chargeback models, which would ease the cost of implementing and maintaining IT governance. These type of “Infra Stores” can create more and more possibilities that we have not thought through at this point.

Sounds interesting to me. Would love to hear your thoughts on this concept and/or how these models could be implemented.

Sankar Rao Vema — Distinguished Engineer

Sankar Rao Vema is a technology enthusiast, futurist, researcher and author who is an expert in artificial intelligence (AI) and other disruptive technologies. Sankar has a deep understanding of computer algorithms, data science and architecture; can program in 18 different languages; and is an active open source contributor. He leverages his breadth and depth of technology skills in the Advanced Technology Development (ATD) group of the Office of the CTO, where he maps disruptive technologies to advanced AI concepts and showcases his work for clients in ATD centers.

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