It has become increasingly obvious that the marketing has turned on the cloud, supported by articles and interestingly the apparent abandonment of the clouderati. I wrote a post a couple of weeks back titled “Its getting a little less cloudy” discussing the passing of the marketing hype and a new awareness of the real benefits of Cloud based architecture. The conclusion it reaches, is cloud has abstracted a lot of detail that might be labeled support and/or operations at a infrastructure or physical data center level. It has not however reduced the importance of IT Service Management (ITSM) or proper architecture design.
At the peak of the hype curve, the statements were;
- Don’t have to worry about (monitoring, operations, power, cooling, servers, infrastructure etc.. etc..)
- Infinite scalability and high availability
- Infrastructure is a commodity
Looking forward to the Redhat Summit next week in Boston with a theme of “Platform, Middleware, Virtualization, Cloud”. The cloud market is dominated by a lot of startups, with some goliath size companies still waiting in the wings. Depending your point of view, they are either lumbering dinosaurs unaware of the next evolutionary shift, or if you are like me, I think they are poised to strike.
- improved utilization (10% to 90%) enabled by virtualization/consolidation & elasticity
- the economies (power, operations, HW purchase etc..) of scale of multi-tenant cloud scale hosting