Virtualization and Cloud Advisor Blog
Expert analysis and advice on server virtualization technologies, deployments and management.
Our blogger: Bernard Golden is CEO of consulting firm HyperStratus, which specializes in virtualization, cloud computing and related issues. He is also the author of "Virtualization for Dummies," the best-selling book on virtualization to date.
Amazon Web Services often gets criticized as a platform that doesn't necessarily scale for the enterprise. So at re:Invent, the second annual AWS conference, Amazon made a series of announcements aimed squarely at dispelling these concerns.
For years, operations departments have used adverse selection principles to allocate resources, often deeming small projects unworthy of enterprise computing power. Today, though, the cloud makes computing so cheap that there's no reason to deny any project, no matter how small. Doing so will simply push users to the public cloud -- and beyond IT's control.
Cloud computing obsolesces the idea that IT operations must put users through the ringer to get their hands on scarce resources. Many organizations continue to insist that someone must review resource requests when, in reality, an automated policy engine can do the same thing -- and put computing power in users' hands that much faster.
Many view cloud economics as a question of operating expenses versus capital expenses -- or, more simply, the cost to rent versus the cost to buy. It's more complicated than that, though, since the cloud forces organizations to more thoroughly examine all costs associated with providing IT services.
Alvin Toffler introduced to the term 'information overload,' while Ray Kurzweil told us we'll be overload with more information each decade than in the previous century. There's a lesson for the IT departments of today (and tomorrow): Ignore emerging technology, despite its flaws, at your own risk.
Amazon Web Services has put so much distance between itself and its cloud service provider competition that Gartner had to redraw the dimensions of its Magic Quadrant. Skepticism persists, of course, but the reality is that enterprises dismissing AWS increasingly do so at their own peril.
With VMworld on the horizon, VMware has been touting its cloud strategy. That 'strategy,' though, seems to involve dissing Microsoft and Amazon, marginalizing CSP partners and clinging to the idea that the cloud is solely the domain of IT departments. If VMware keeps this up, it can expect a stormy future in the cloud, CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden says.
When the CIA opted to have Amazon build its private cloud, even though IBM could do it for less money, a tech soap opera ensued. Lost amid the drama, though, is a perfectly reasonable explanation why Amazon Web Services makes sense for the CIA--and why a disruptive AWS represents the future of the cloud.
Cloud computing offers affordability and agility, but that doesn't mean it automatically enables business agility. To achieve that, you may need to rethink the way you design, deploy and manage the application development lifecycle.
William Stanley Jevons was a Victorian-era economist who explained why Britain used more coal, not less, as the resource dropped in price. Ronald Coase wrote his seminal work on why people use firms to conduct transactions back in 1937. Both help explain why this is the era of cloud computing.