Hello all – hope you’re having a good Saturday / Sunday wherever you might be.
Wanted to finish putting down thoughts, insights, etc from my time at the Gartner Data Center conference this past week. (You can read Part 1 here – https://jbgeorge.net/2010/12/11/thoughts-from-2010-gartner-data-center-conference-part-1/.)
- We need to understand the success / real world utilization of ITIL and other benchmark frameworks – are they working?
- More and more, in the era of cloud, we are finding it is no longer necessary to keep an individual system up at all costs, as long as overall compute and storage integrity are maintained
- Traditional management models assume that systems should be managed so that failure should rarely happen. Newer models assume that failure WILL happen, and focus on shortest MTTR (mean time to recovery / repair).
- Traditional models try to implement pervasive automation, whereas newer models focus on selective automation. Why must we automate / virtualize / etc everything? Choose wisely based on criticality and true need.
- We’ve heard of JEOS – the “just enough” operating system. Gartner spoke of “just enough” practice vs “best” practice. Are we at the era of “just enough?”
- Again, reiteration of the need of DevOps skillset.
- Organizational alignment is still a key facet of moving the IT organization.
- “We are only at the end of the beginning” of the cloud era. Watch for Cloud 2.0 in the years ahead (market based computing, hybrid clouds the norm, etc)
- Still a lot of talk about the Big Four (HP, CA, IBM, BMC) – they were slow to jump on w virtualization, but more aggressive with cloud.
- Definite focus on the network being a key management focal point. Similar to the theory that your band’s ripping concert is only as good as the quality of your sound man.
- The recession will be viewed in hindsight as a pivot event for the server market – paradigm shifts, vendor repositioning, etc.
- Some important trends to watch going forward: big data, unified communication, client virtualization, compute density / scaling vertically, converged fabrics
Another great event – look forward to next year.
Until next time,
The other day I was asked a far too familiar question…
“What is a cloud?”
Oh, man – here we go…
Like a kid in a candy store, I began to discuss the origins and evolution of IT. Servers, storage, networks, virtualization… on and on, reveling in exercising my cloud muscle. IaaS, PaaS, SaaS… every “*aaS” I could think of! Vendors, strategies, theories, models… it was an amazing tribute to one of our most talked about spaces, if I do say so myself.
The response from the interested party?
“Well, it kinda looks like cotton candy. Hey! Let’s get some cotton candy!”
At this point, I should note that the question came from my five year old. And the question was actually phrased, “Daddy, what is a cloud?”
Often, those of us in the tech world that live and breathe the bleeding edge forget to translate all this cool gadgetry into tangible benefits for the rest of the world. Not that the “rest of the world” couldn’t grasp the technical concepts, but great technologies are often great because of the simple benefits they bring.
So again – “what is a cloud?”
- For the small business, cloud could mean more focus on core competencies and less on IT.
- Cloud can help drive better efficency when it comes to power consumption and carbon footprint, helping the environment.
- In the case of the State of Minnesota who has agreed to begin adopting cloud computing, it could mean less long-run overhead and costs associated with running the state – which could turn into more services, less taxes, etc. (Learn more about this development at http://bit.ly/bz47j4.)
Now there’s no need to try and translate every tech concept into layman’s terms, but for better or worse, cloud’s getting a lot of play. It’s important we remember to articulate the value of these amazing technologies into terms that demonstrate how it makes the world better.
How have you answered the question “What is a cloud?” with non-techies you’ve encountered?
Share your stories here or tweet me on twitter (@jbgeorge).
OK, then – I’m off to get some cotton candy.
Until next time,
Joseph B George
@jbgeorge / www.jbgeorge.net