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February 14, 2011


Vikrant Parihar

You 'trust' the bank with your money. Don't you?
You 'trust' the government to secure your lives. Don't you?

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.
~Frank Crane


Chuck, what about the trust issues centric to the ‘pipes’ providers? Can we trust that the network operators are going to scale up bandwidth and infrastructure fast enough to keep up with exploding data traffic (including cloud-induced traffic)? Are they ready for the coming data deluge, are they inclined to make the massive investment needed to keep up with data traffic, and should they be expected to foot the bill to accommodate our content and cloud providers? Should/will the network operators tier their services/speeds, and what might the FCC have to say about it if they do? Are the operators’ interests aligned with the cloud providers’ interests?

My concerns here obviously relate more to ‘cloud availability’ questions than ‘cloud security’ questions. And I hate to sound like an alarmist but this is a legitimate issue. As we grow ever more reliant on the internet, the network operators are going to play an increasingly prominent role in the cloud discussion, or so I would expect. They are yet another gatekeeper between me and my data…IF I cede my data to the cloud. Can I trust them? Can you?

Chuck Hollis


You bring up an interesting -- and parallel -- point: no pipes, no cloud!

My view is that this is one of the few areas where governments have a vested interest in setting policies that balance encouraging investments vs. free and open access. Unfortunately, the two seem a bit at odds, which makes it an interesting balancing act.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck

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Everyone wants the Internet to be sans government involvement. But there must be rules and oversight if it is going to be a level playing field for Internet/Cloud players. For instance an ISP/Network provider could favor it's own customers traffic over another carriers without the "Net Neutrality" rule. So be careful what you wish for, oversight in some cases can be a good thing for the greater good.


I have always compared Internet to the real world, only you have it all on your screen. You meet all kinds of people and you will wander in all kinds of neighbourhoods. You have to avoid the crooks and you have to avoid the darkest alleys if you do not want to be mugged - like in the real world. And - my point, in the real world there are rules made by common decision. So what is needed is some digital authorities who haqve our confidence but also the power to act on behalf of the digital world.

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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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