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What is Cloud Computing? I Don’t Care!!

So , today I sat in a seminar hosted by VMware, EMC, Cisco and SunGard. It was called “Take the Risk Out of Cloud Computing“. It was the same old mantra…Create your Internal Cloud now in preparation for the coming of the External Cloud. SunGard puts an availability twist with its view on things: “Let us be your hosted cloud and/or your DR cloud.” The sessions seemed to be designed to inform someone who knows about virtualization, but may not understand cloud computing. I was there to see what SunGard’s take on it was. In the Cloud realm, they do two things and they do them well: hosting and DR. (I have to admit, I served a five year sentence with SunGard…)

When Clair Roberts got up to speak, the first thing he did was read the official VMware definition of Cloud Computing. Then he gave his own definition: “I don’t care!” Later, I spoke with him and he admitted that he borrowed it from someone else at VMware, so I am going to borrow it from them, too.

Think about it. “I don’t care!” I don’t care where it is. I don’t care about the hardware. I don’t care how it got there. I don’t care how it cooled. I don’t care how it is powered. I DO care that it is there when I need it and is reasonably responsive from anywhere at any time. That’s it. That’s what cloud computing should be.  Plain and simple: “I Don’t Care!”

Later, David Freund from EMC gave another good analogy of how Cloud Computing should be. He compared it to Intermodal Freight Transport.  You buy or rent a STANDARDIZED CONTAINER and put stuff in it. You don’t care how it gets to the destination, only that it gets there.

Today’s assignment is to put your stuff in the standardized container. That way we can put it somewhere later.