Movement is Life

Posted on May 26, 2016


movement is life

I have been writing a lot about the Software Defined Datacenter or SDDC.  The primary reason for software defining your network infrastructure is to gain elasticity, flexibility and addictiveness.  Hardware is rigid, anchored and unmoving.  Software is fluid and shifting.

Technology has followed the flow of mobility.  The mainframe gave way to the client/server model which gave way to the cloud.  The desktop gave way to the laptop which gave way to the tablet and smartphone. 

This isn’t just a new approach to technology however within the datacenter however.

In the blockbuster zombie movie, World War Z, Brad Pitt’s character is pleading with a family to leave the delusional safety of their apartment and join his roaming coalition as they try to escape the zombies.  As he makes an emotional plea to the father, he makes a profound statement that defines the theme of the movie, “Movement is life.”  Unfortunately, the father chooses the deceptive comfort of remaining stationary and staying behind.  Shortly after Pitt and his colleagues leave the apartment, the zombies overwhelm the building. 

Movement is indeed life and my favorite analogy of it is the story of the gazelle and the lion which goes like this:

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”

Just after World War I, the French designed and built the Magenot Line to protect themselves against any future German attack.  They though it to be impenetrable.   In World War II the Germans made the Magenot Line totally irrelevant by a new type of fast moving offensive military strategy called the Blitzkrieg which outflanked and overwhelmed the line in a matter of days. 

Never get too comfortable while remaining stationary.  This philosophy even exists in the practice of yoga.  Yoga is about moving into the next pose up to the point of being challenged, and at that point, the yoga practitioner breathes and pushes forward just a little bit more into the stretch.  Over time, this dedication to moving beyond the point of being challenged brings about a state of elasticity, flexibility and vigor to the human body, as well as the mind.

In today’s world, just as it always has, movement is life.