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A Cloud Naysayer

By John | January 28, 2008

I posted some comments on a recent article by Robin Harris, Cloud computing – in your dreams.

Who knows who’s right? Here are my comments…

I think the differentiators are virtualization and power consumption. It is virtualization that has turned academic exercises into real business prototypes. I may be wrong but I think the brick and mortar data centers are in for a rude awaking when investors start digging deeper into IT costs similar to what you did (google v yahoo). IMHO, I think cloud computing is much more than hype when I look at the following indicators…

1) Google processes about 20 petabytes of data per day
2) Amazon has created a unique eco-system around cloud computing that is changing the SMB landscape.
3) IBM has dedicated over 200 programmers to their Blue Cloud 2008 initiative.
4) Universities around the globe are creating course curriculum around the uses of MapReduce.
5) Rackspace/Mosso seem to be doing pretty well in the clouds.

I guess we will have to check back this time next year to see who was right.

Topics: cloud computing, google, hadoop, mapreduce, mosso, yahoo | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “A Cloud Naysayer”

  1. Bert Armijo Says:
    January 29th, 2008 at 1:26 am

    There’s a widening rift in IT.

    As you note, Internet enterprises have found a way to operate IT at an unprecedented scale and cost by leveraging new technologies. Meanwhile, traditional IT shops continue to build out old architectures and spend between 2X and 5X as much.

    IMHO, it makes sense that innovation should be moving from enterprise IT to the Internet, because for those companies IT is their primary plant and equipment. IT yields structural advantage on the Internet, and best practices are considered closely guarded intellectual property. Meanwhile, most enterprises still consider IT a cost center.

    As a few enterprises begin to adopt utility computing, though, the value released will provide early adopters with advantage as well. They’ll be able to get projects online faster, have lower downtime, retain employees more easily, AND enjoy an enormous cost advantage.

  2. John Says:
    January 29th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Like I have been saying… When the Mad Money guy starts yelling about IT costs the debate will be over.

    Thanks for your comment.