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February 15, 2008


Taylor Allis

Hi Chuck - agree 100% trust is the key issue, and a good system, even a SaaS implementation, needs some sort of contingency plan - see http://blogs.sun.com/TA/entry/web_2_0_needs_backup

My bigger question is this - As a fellow storage vendor I get your posts on Web 2.0, Active Content (not a bad name btw), new user requirements, etc. But am a bit "cloudy" on your other posts ;-)

A few years back I did a lot of research on "P2P Storage" & "Grid Storage", i.e. stringing distributed nodes together under a common namespace - you can implement this type of infrastructure as a service - is this what you are calling "Cloud Storage?"

Chuck Hollis

Hi Taylor

The answer is "not quite". I'm not at liberty to fully divulge our thinking here, but I've dropped plenty of hints on other posts here.



The storage cloud will be 5% technology and 95% physcology. The reason is based on the statement from the GAO architect on IT's mistakes: "Believing that IT problems are primarily attributable to technical deficiencies rather than poor management, bad processes, and managerial relationship breakdowns." I posted this list of mistakes from the GAO here: http://thinkingproblemmanagement.blogspot.com/2008/02/gao-checklist-of-it-snares-and-traps.html
There will be more IT outages like those from RIM and Amazon this week, in the future, as I have the impression that the true root causes are not being investigated.

BTW: Who is the S3 storage vendor?

Chuck Hollis

Hi Ronald

I'd agree with the general sentiment that IT failures are more about people than technology, especially if you include in the "people" category the failure to architect the correct environment. By that measure, all technology failures are people failures!

I don't know who sold Amazon their storage for S3. I am under the impression that it might be white-box / no-label stuff. Certainly, if one of the name brands had been used, we'd probably would have heard about it.


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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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