Cloud Computing is NOT a place;
Cloud Computing is NOT virtualization;
Cloud computing is NOT an island;
Cloud computing is NOT even a technology
What is cloud computing then?
The National Institute of Standards and Tachnology published a “working definition of what it is after years of work: http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/cloud-102511.cfm.
That is a good start, but for me Cloud is more than that: it’s a disruptive innovation that transforms the way companies can do business and leap-frog their competition. It’s about being flexible and adaptive to changing business demands. It’s about keeping your service level promises to your customers. It’s about business, not about technology.
Is virtualization always the basis for the cloud? You will probably agree that Google is a big cloud provider, but did you know that virtualization does not form the basis of their cloud ? There are a lot of misperceptions about virtualization and cloud computing, based on outdated information. Some people believe companies are going to abandon their corporate data centers and move everything to a cloud. Not a chance! Cloud computing is not the end of IT as we know it.
What is it about a data center that makes it cloud? I say it’s all about ultra-responsive service delivery with extreme operational efficiency. If you can do that consistently, you are in the cloud, regardless of whether or not you are in fact using the cloud technologies.
In this lively radio show hosted by Bonnie Graham, I join three other cloud experts to talk about virtualization and private clouds.
SAP’s Jeff Anders: “There are a lot of misperceptions about virtualization and cloud computing, based on outdated information.” Deloitte’s Scott Wall: “Virtualization is a key step in creating a private cloud or internal cloud-like capabilities that can enhance the business.” Ovum’s Roy Illsley: “Cloud maturity is like a troublesome teenager. It could do a lot for you but it has difficulty when faced with choices: tidy the room or another match on FIFA2012?”
Listen to this Voice of America Radio Episode: Decisions, Decisions: Virtualization or Private Cloud?