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Moore’s Law, Darwin and the “Origin of DevOps”


The most famous axiom in the software industry is also one of the oldest. In 1965, Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, foresaw the number of electronic components squeezed onto a circuit board would double each year over the next ten years. This month, Moore’s magic formula, responsible for an amazing half century of technology industry growth, was once again re-endorsed by researchers.


The beauty of Moore’s hypothesis is both its simplicity and its far-reaching consequences. It’s easy to connect the exponential performance curve Moore predicted with today’s accelerating “digitization of everything”. It’s fuelling an explosion in digital content, it’s enabling smart digital devices to generate big data at an unprecedented rate and it’s the engine powering a new class of analytics-enabled software to process all this digital content in real time.


To see Moore’s Law in action in software, look no further than Spotify and the music industry, Netflix in the film industry and TiVo personal video recorders in TV broadcasting. For a perspective of how digitization and software are accelerating the transformation of the business world, Marc Andreessen’s article on how “Software is eating the world” still stands the passing of time.


As digitization shapes every aspect of modern business, it is having an equally significant effect on the expectations of IT. The “need for speed” of digital business is challenging the steady evolution rate of traditional, core IT. In Darwinian terms, IT needs to make a genetic leap. By injecting DevOps DNA into the gene pool of Core IT can they make that leap and is this the “Origin of DevOps”?


The intense pressure for speed and quality across the IT supply chain centres on application delivery. HP’s Enterprise 2020 research projects a 30x shortening in application releases cycles, from an average of four per year in 2010, to 120 per year by 2020. The number of application releases is now following the same exponential trajectory as Moore’s Law.


As a forcing function for DevOps, digitisation is piling on the pressure for IT teams to evolve to a slicker, frictionless application delivery chain. A combination of advanced automation, the identification and reduction of latency with end-to-end visibility across the application delivery lifecycle is the evolved response. And let us not forget, as with any major change program, this touches people and culture, process and technology. Some evolve faster than others.


Nowhere was the correlation between Moore’s Law, and digitally inspired innovation clearer to see than when I visited Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress earlier this month. As we prepare for the launch of our DevOps Roadshows later this month, we’ll share how we’re helping our customers accelerate the delivery of new applications and services to capitalize on their own digitally inspired innovation.


If you are interested in attending sign up here. Feel free as always to just contact me via this blog with questions. Until then, kudos to Gordon. Moore’s Law, 50 years on, more relevant than ever and truly at the “Origin of DevOps”.

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Rafael Brugnini (Rafa) joined HP in 1996 and has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in the IT industry. He lives in Madrid with family, and in his spare time he enjoys windsurfing.

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