Surveys report that companies fear the Public Cloud. Sure enough there's much
to fear. Those of us who follow the media know how in a movie like Caddyshack
even at a fancy private golf club an innocent little candy bar can result in
a stampede of people desperate to exit the pool and a punch line depicting
Bill Murray all decked out in a Hazmat suit. So if something like that can
happen in a private club pool, imagine where a public pool event might lead?
Fukushima comes to mind. Oh, wait, I'm sorry. Tokyo Electric was a Private
company. Bad example.
If Private Cloud were possible, it would already exist. Vendors will gladly
sell you every single technology necessary to achieve it--and have been doing
so for years. IT departments love to buy that stuff, but never get around to
actually installing it or using it. It reminds me a little of those most
excellent Monst... (more)
On June 7th @cloudexpo I attended a presentation on Eucalyptus by Rich Wolski
(founder and CTO of Eucalyptus, known to throw lightning bolts from Mount
Olympus when he thinks nobody is looking. He certainly threw a few during
his presentation @ CloudExpo that most people didn't notice.) during which he
described the genesis of Eucalyptus. Creating a cloud interface
indistinguishable from the interface of Amazon AWS was the critical success
factor and defined the project. The challenge, Rich explains, was like that
of a "Turing Test."
A Turing test is a well known test used to m... (more)
While much discussion of the cloud assumes the needs and concerns of large
enterprises will determine how the cloud evolves, in fact AAPL, MSFT, DELL,
AMZN signal that the migration of the fragmented $444B annual SMB tech spend
from small datacenters to the cloud will redefine the industry far sooner and
on a more sweeping and final scale than presently anticipated. The move of
the SMB may determine the winners and losers long before the enterprise has
made a significant investment.
While "smokestack" and "brick and mortar" firms remain highly susceptible to
"oil price shock," ... (more)
Open standards are a nice idea. And democracy is a great idea too, all
citizens can vote, yet we only have two real parties representing us.
Similarly, I think that standards start out as a good idea, yet over time may
start to become ineffective. For the most part standards committees never
actually complete a standard, and the industry starts working from a "draft."
In the Cloud I think standards should be less important to the subscriber
than the actual capabilities. I recognize that nobody choosing a Cloud
platform "wants" lock-in, or a proprietary system, yet at the same tim... (more)
Christmas Eve and the AWS/Netflix outage to me aren't so much about whether
or not the Cloud is viable or scary or dangerous. Rather, the event resonated
with users across the United States because the Cloud delivers so much
utility to each of us. And regardless of who was at fault -- Netflix or
Amazon Web Services, the event made it clear that there's no going back and
that the Cloud has quickly become a part of our culture and our everyday
lives. This is significant because while the Internet itself is a technology
consumers have grown to love, Cloud is a way of delivering serv... (more)