Standards are in short supply in technology right now.
- Software vendors are “certifying” hardware
- Software platforms (like Cisco ACI, VMware NSX etc) don’t interoperate with competitors or even have shared data exchange formats (Caveat: They might interoperate in the future but they don’t today).
- The bodies/groups/processes that produce standards are dysfunctional in significant ways.
Standards Come Later
That said, my view is that standards are NOT finished. There is an industry cycle to standards as www.bloomberg about the oil drilling market highlights:
While the specs for Norwegian Sea drilling might provoke reactions akin to the oil field’s name—the Snorre—such standardized pipes and casings could hold the key to a pervasive mystery about today’s energy market: Why is everyone still drilling when prices are in the basement?
Oil is cheap but they are still investing in drilling and extracting oil.
That’s because oil majors’ urgent mission to slash costs includes standardizing the components used in drilling for oil–a development that has helped turn unprofitable wells into moneymakers, protected bottom lines, and allowed companies to keep pumping even in the face of crude prices that have more than halved over the past three years.
Oil companies have standardised their equipment to reduce the cost of assets. Instead of custom components designed for each well, they have disagreggated their devices into separate components.
“Time is money in this business,” said Kristin Nergaard Berg, DNV GL project manager for a joint industry effort to standardize sub-sea processing. “The earlier you start production, the better the net present value of your project is.”
Sounds familiar doesn’t it.
Disaggregation vs Standards
My sense of the market is that genuine business value is being extracted from disagreggation in networking, servers and storage. Using standard hardware has dramatically reduced the cost.
Hyperconverged systems are prime examples of repackaging standardised hardware while reducing the time to market, faster deployment, quicker decision cycles while losing interoperability and openness.
The Etherealmind View
Standards will be a focus when the value of disaggregation reaches its peak value to the business. How long ? A few years, I think. The pressure for change in the Enterprise IT data centres is driving transition and vendors have new product cycles to meet the need.
I’m guessing that standards will be back on the main stage in 3 to 5 years.
Link: Bloomberg – How Actual Nuts and Bolts Are Bringing Down Oil Prices