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February 24, 2009


Jeff Lundberg

A colleague at Hitachi Data Systems steered me here and I just wanted to say I couldn't agree more with: "all that this vision is really asking is to keep doing what you're doing (aggressively virtualizing applications and information) and keep the eyes focused on a slightly bigger picture."

It's been my contention that IT organizations are moving to private clouds whether that is their intended goal or not. They have been deploying virtualized servers and virtualized storage trying to get more granular in scalability and more adaptable to changing workloads, making it all highly available, and so forth.

Cloud isn't so much a new technology, but a way of describing the benefits that come from the proper application of information technology. Not to say that there nothing new to Clouds, but that the fundamentals of Cloud are already in most datacenters today, making the adoption of Cloud a lot less painful and costly than many may think.

A question: One of the things I try to explain to the private cloud naysayers is, if the cost model of Cloud is such that it: enables sufficient margins, is secure enough, available enough and so on, for service providers to exist, it must provide similar benefits to private IT organizations. Am I off-base here, or do you believe that this is a reasonable argument?

Christofer Hoff

Private Clouds? Psssshhhhhaaaaa. What a lousy idea.

...written prior to the video of Mr. Maritz's keynote:


Lucky guess. ;p

Jay Fry

Like you, Chuck, I'm convinced that private clouds are a realistic step on the cloud computing path (including the path toward hybrid public/private clouds). But virtualization doesn't necessarily equal cloud computing. Good comments in Hoff's blog about this topic. More discussion on this (including links to the Hoff blog discussion) and the VMware announcements here: http://datacenterdialog.blogspot.com/2009/02/sorry-vmware-you-dont-need.html

Chuck Hollis

Hi Jay -- I think I agree with you.

What's intriguing about this scenario (at least to me) is that virtualization lays the foundation for cloud computing -- by creating containerized app/inf VMs that don't know or care about the infrastructure they might be running, where that might be, etc.

For all those legacy enterprise IT people (you know who you are!) I think this will be an appealing on-ramp to the cloud.

Although certainly not the only one!

-- Chuck

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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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