From my desk at Dell, I have a unique perspective. In addition to a constant stream of deep customer interactions about our many cloud solutions (even going back pre-OpenStack to Joyent & Eucalyptus), I have been an active advocate for OpenStack, involved in many discussions with and about CloudStack and regularly talk shop with Dell’s VIS Creator (our enterprise focused virtualization products) teams. And, if you go back ten years to 2002, patented the concept of hybrid clouds with Dave McCrory.
Rather than offering opinions in the Cloud v. Cloud fray, I’m suggesting that cloud success means taking a system view.
Platform choice is only part of the decision: operational readiness, application types and organization culture are critical foundations before platform.
Over the last two years at Dell, I found seven points outweigh customers’ choice of platform.
- Running clouds requires building operational expertise both at the application and infrastructure layers. CloudOps is real.
- Application architectures matter for cloud deployment because they can redefine the SLA requirements and API expectations
- Development community and collaboration is a significant value because sharing around open operations offers significant returns.
- We need to build an accelerating pace of innovation into our core operating principles
- There are still significant technology gaps to fill (networking & storage) and we will discover new gaps as we go
- We can no longer discuss public and private clouds as distinct concepts. True hybrid clouds are not here yet, but everyone can already see their massive shadow.
- There is always more than one right technological answer. Avoid analysis paralysis by making incrementally correct decisions (committing, moving forward, learning and then re-evaluating).
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