Came across this great video with lots of fascinating data in it. Here are some of the snippets that I found interesting. Do check out the video too.
In recent Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing 2009 special report by Gartner, technologies at the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’ include Cloud Computing! (For description of five phases of Hype Cycle look here) This means that Cloud Computing is on the verge of entering the ‘”Trough of Disillusionment” phase.
Many technologies have been unable to come out of this dreaded trough where they fail to meet expectations and quickly become unfashionable. Articles such as “Could the cloud lead to an even bigger 9/11” clearly indicate that Gartner’s analysis is right and that cloud computing indeed has reached the peak of hype!
This article is my musings on why cloud computing will eventually come out of this phase and would reshape the way we run business.
I had an opportunity to attend VmWorld 2009 conference. During the course of this conference, VmWare announced its latest initiative, vCloud. vCloud is essentially using VmWare’s virtualization technology to create an ecosystem of cloud service providers. With this initiative VmWare joins already crowded space of public cloud providers such as Amazon, Rackspace Cloud and Savvis. Out of all the exhibitors at the VmWorld conference, almost everyone was trying to get on the bandwagon of Cloud Computing. And this was not even a Cloud Computing focused conference! The more you look into Cloud Computing the more you feel like it is indeed the next big thing after the internet gold rush of 90s.
All this hype for Cloud Computing feels like a déjà vu. Turn the dial few years ago and the area of Software As A Service (SaaS) went through very similar transition. After SaaS reached the trough of disillusionment skeptics were raising doubts. Many argued that they would never consider putting their competitive data (CRM) in a software system outside of their corporate networks. Salesforce had to fight an uphill battle as it tried to establish its SaaS products. However the value proposition of SaaS, in terms of zero install and pay-as-you-go was too attractive to ignore. Today SaaS is the architecture of choice for many enterprise software products and last time I checked Salesforce is sitting pretty at a massive market cap of 7.13 billion dollars!
Let’s look at the benefits of Cloud Computing,
Just like the SaaS success story, it will be the benefits of the “cloud” that will eventually win over the skeptics due to underlying benefits. Of course an important factor would also be for an eco system to evolve in a timely fashion. One of the reasons why SaaS was successful was the fact that an entire ecosystem made itself available that rendered well to the SaaS Model including Web Standards (SOAP, WSDL, UDDI) and architectures such as AJAX.
Similar to the platform wars of the eighties (followed by browser wars of nineties), Cloud Computing is currently going through a war with each player trying to establish itself as the destination. Some efforts have started to promote interoperability and openness of cloud. Open Cloud Initiative is one such example. However it remains to be seen how the industry as a whole matures and adopts such efforts…
Cloud computing is here to stay and will succeed as a concept eventually. It has the power to establish new business models and change existing processes. More will have to be written about what does it mean for enterprises of tomorrow to manage their businesses in cloud. Do provide feedback via your comments if you would like to hear about it more…
Suhas leads the Innovation & Incubation Lab at BMC Software India. Prior to BMC he was the Vice President of Product Management at Digite, an enterprise software company in the field of Project Portfolio Management. See his linked-in profile for details.
Today, the second day of the VmWorld 2009 conference, VmWare announced vCloud Express, a new class of service that will deliver on-demand, much like Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) or public cloud. It was only a matter of time before VmWare played it’s cards in this area. What is unique about this announcement is that VmWare itself will not be creating public clouds but will simply enable various service provides to build public clouds! One such provider is Terremark and you can see comparison with Amazon at their web site here, http://vcloudexpress.terremark.com/
There is more information about vCloud Express at this blog.
This week I am attending VmWorld 2009 conference. This is the first time I am attending this conference and I am really looking forward to attending various interesting sessions. The agenda of sessions looks impressive.
Following are my notes from the keynote speech by Paul Maritz, CEO of VmWare. The key theme of Pauls message was to “Energize business through IT”. As per him virtualization can help you with this theme in following three ways,
Another advantage of virtualization he pointed out was agility. He continued to point out that your business agility depends upon IT agility.
Couple of other nuggets from his speech,
To me, most interesting things from his speech were references to resource pools and overall VmWare direction. He mentioned that in coming year, there will be lot of new product launches from VmWare in the areas of Capacity Management, Configuration/Operations tools, Service catalogue, Self Service, Chargeback and most interestingly Application Provisioning and Application Scheduling!!! This is something that I personally would be tracking very closely!