As tools like Docker eliminate much of the slowness and immutability of “golden images” and more robust config managers like Enterprise Chef reach further out across the datacenter, three thoughts come to mind:
1) convergence of image and config into the event horizon where it’s neither image nor config, but something beyond the duality.
2) self-managing independent actors become viable when…
3) knowledge of intended consequences become more abstract – a la Crowbar’s “late binding” of Barclamps (purpose) to platform.
Maybe let’s look again at the mainframe models and see again if there isn’t something to learn. I sense we might now be finally passing the brilliance of mainframe architectures into something new.