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May 26, 2009


William Vambenepe

When you have a hammer everything looks like a nail. When you have a hypervisor everything looks like a VM.

Chuck Hollis


Ah, yes -- so true -- it's human nature.

It's also human nature (especially in IT people) to be inherently skeptical of anything new that challenges their conventional thinking.

We'll see what happens here, won't we?


-- Chuck


seriously, it seems like marketing gibberish. i've been following your blog for a long time and this beats everything else to the top for some gibberish :-). and btw, there are other posts which i really like...

as an IT professional, i still cant make sense of it - it would help if you pinpoint a concrete example.

Simon Munro

I used to be part of the ‘private cloud is not a cloud’ camp because if felt that the removal of ‘public’ from the cloud also removed the abstractions necessary to create solutions that are truly cloud capable – location, network and security agnostic and where some real thought needs to be put in to the architecture.

However, I realised that a big part of the cloud is the administration and rapid provisioning of resources rather than a SOA utopia or where growth is expected to be that of Twitter. I think that the adoption of cloud oriented technologies within the enterprise data centre is going to be a major driver of adoption of the cloud – the lag on public cloud application architectures (and related skills) will mean that the initial cloud focus will be private cloud anyway.




Metaphorically, we all are becoming technological meteorologists of sorts these days: Since Sun set into Oracle, the ubiquitous Clouds have moved in. Just as we all want to enjoy private waterfronts, we want to privatize the Clouds so that we can control certain private information and data discreetly. Fortunately, there are plenty Clouds out there for everyone to enjoy. From my vantage point, I believe that the next movers and shakers are not going to come out of database, server, OS, programming language, networking, or storage business. The next major development on the horizon will be led by someone who can put these together efficiently into a Cloud, so that the atmospheric water vapors condense into drops heavy enough to become rainmakers. Definitely, it will be an evolutionary process. No specific software or hardware will be retired because they are considered as old legacy systems, old-fashioned, or outdated. They will do their share of the Cloud Computing directly or indirectly as long as the touch points/connectors are Cloud compliant. Because of the shortcomings of the existing bandwidth and implementation of the current Web 2.0 technology, I think the defacto and practical implementation of Cloud Computing will be through the virtualization for now. It may change as new technology emerges and becomes available in the future though. Virtualizing clients in addition to servers could be a good approach to overcoming the underlying bandwidth issue and to promoting telecommunications--wouldn’t that make those telecommuters who like to promote the ever-expanding green initiatives happy!. All in all, it's all about how to horizontalize or virtualize the disparate vertical silos that are prevalent in our current environments. As long as we don’t experience any unforeseen atmospheric turbulences such as tornados or hurricanes, I believe, Private Cloud is on the right track.

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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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