I recently posted about the Dizzying Economics of Cloud Computing when it
occurred to me that the technological barriers must be equally mystifying for
many. So I thought I would initiate a discussion about the barriers to the
adoption of cloud computing by the enterprise.
At stake are the valuations of a gathering storm of public companies in
technology, from Cisco, Juniper, F5 Networks, VMware, IBM, VMware, Microsoft
and Citrix to advertising player Google and bookseller Amazon. The shape of
adoption and growth will be impacted by how these barriers are addressed.
As I mentioned in "Dizzying Economics..." there is a business case war coming
between the current cloud providers and the enterprise IT world. As these
barriers are broken with innovation, cloud will move from consumer and SMB
(small medium business) into larger and larger enterprise deployments. As a
Lew Tucker's response to the Lew's Law blog further helped to clarify the
point I was trying to make about the rise of IT automation and the network's
While I'm sure this is more obvious than brilliant, the cost of computing
will continue to fall bounded only by the cost of the power to produce the
computation. We're simply turning electricity into computation and
communication using electrons to move around bits.
What cloud computing does is to use automation, scaling, multi-tenancy, and a
competitive marketplace to bring us closer to this lower bound for the cost ... (more)
Greg Ness's Blog
Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet
underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network
that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call
this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating
pressures on an already tired network infrastructure.
Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing
power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible
series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the cr... (more)
Virtualization and cloud computing are promising to change the way in which
IT services are delivered and, in effect, transform computing as we know it
today. I think the promises are likely to come true, if and only if
critical technology issues are addressed.
Nicholas Carr told a recent audience at IDC Directions that "Cloud computing
has become the center of investment and innovation." While he is not a
technologist, his sometimes shocking insight into the transformation of IT
have been prescient, even if he doesn't sweat the details of how complex IT
infrastructures can mo... (more)
Infrastructure 2.0 Session at Virtualization Expo
This week InformationWeek featured my recent infrastructure 2.0 interview
with Alexander Wolfe. As the infrastructure 2.0 Working Group is in stealth
mode, we focused on the high level tech issues resulting from the collision
between virtual and static (physical) infrastructure:
InformationWeek: Let's dive right in. Define the issue, as you see it.
Greg Ness: If you look at networks today, the way they're operated, run, and
configured hasn't really changed for the last several decades. There's a
contrast between today's networks and ... (more)