by Bob Plankers on February 8, 2011 · 14 comments

in Outright Rant,System Administration,Virtualization

The idea of the “good old days” is usually false, especially in IT. With one exception, there hasn’t been a better time to be in IT or working with technology.

The exception is virtualization and blame.

Back in the day it used to be the storage guy’s fault, directly, when the storage was slow. Or the network guy’s problem. Or the app admin, with their inefficient apps. Maybe it was the guy who runs the LDAP servers. Maybe it was the OS vendor, or the hardware vendor shipped us a lemon.

Now, though, it seems that it’s always the virtualization guy’s fault.

For everything.

Virtualization has turned IT into a nanny state. Because virtual environments sit between applications and nearly every piece of infrastructure they just get blanket accusations for every problem. Applications administrators and system administrators that used to do a little diagnosis themselves, that used to show independent thought, now just go straight to their managers and complain that VMs are slow. And it seems that, every single day, I utter the words “how is it slow?”

“What do you mean, ‘how is it slow?’ It just is. Make it faster.”


Sometimes it is actually a problem. As much as I don’t like actual problems, I’ve come to enjoy someone identifying an actual issue that I can pass along to the storage guys, or network guys, or kick right back to the app admins.

No matter who’s fault it actually is, though, I’m the one-stop shop now for blame.

Update: I’ve written a follow-on, “Understanding Blame,” as well as a follow-on to the follow-on, “Preventing Blame.”

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