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Release It!, 2nd Edition by Michael T. Nygard

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The Platform Players

So far, the solutions we’ve seen need “some assembly required.” That means you can adopt them incrementally and defer commitment. Optionality comes at a cost, though, because you’ll end up devoting time and resources plumbing together different parts. For example, a basic yet frustrating aspect of rolling your own platform is getting all the authentication and role-based authorization systems working together. Another common stumbling block is integrating the components’ monitoring to provide a unified view.

At the other end of the integration spectrum, we have the platform players. The platform is to the data center what the operating system is to the personal computer. It abstracts the underlying infrastructure and presents ...

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