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Is Cloud Computing Just Virtualization and Automation? No!!

Cloud Vision

Day and day out, we see every technology vendor attempting to position themselves in the cloud realm and struggling to find a niche in this 'cloudy' topic.

I think:

1. Virtualization and Automation are the building blocks of the cloud computing platform. They alone will not solve any problems.

2. Cloud computing is based on the premise that it is a new model that accommodates a new services delivery and consumption model. Now the term 'service' is very elusive, and I think this is what it is exploited by every vendor trying to find that 'fit'.

3. Without a vision and a set expectation from 'cloud' all the investment into cloud is pointless and will create more problems rather than solutions. So the goals and vision are very important that will and should drive the investment into cloud strategy and supporting technologies.

4. Chargeback: This is so important that I think without a equitable chargeback model, the cloud initiative will be a failure. And this is because when we address the 'service delivery and consumption' the metering at the consumption end will balance the resources at the delivery end..this balance is probably most important concept! Otherwise... you will have a buffet of services and unhealthy consumers and low quality services!!

So I question myself, when every technology decision maker/investor and consumer makes a choice to embark the journey to achieve 'cloud driven' economies of scale... do they have a strategy? Or we all are consuming the hype, until the next one surfaces and then we will drop cloud and adore the 'rainmaker'!!

Thoughts?

:)

More Stories By Nitin Gaur

Nitin Gaur, is currently working in capacity of Senior WebSphere Consulting IT Specialist with IBMs S&D Organization. Prior to teaming with IBM S&D organization, Nitin spend several years with WebSphere OEM team, a SWG entity and AIX support – ITS/IGS entity. In his 11 years with IBM he has achieved various industry recognized certifications and enriched his career by doing more than required by the defined job responsibilities. Prior to beginning his career with IBM, he was graduate student at University of Maryland University College. Apart from excelling in his normal job responsibilities, Nitin has been involved with many on going projects at IBM Austin. To name a few, Nitin has been an active member of Austin TVC – Technical Vitality Council, an IBM Academy affiliate since 2002.

As a technical leader Nitin has been involved in various technical paper presentations in various conferences at IBM and outside. The range of the topics presented by him span from software architectures to improvement of management processes. Nitin, has been focused on staying close to customer and always attuned to their needs and problems. One of his primary job responsibilities includes positioning WebSphere infrastructure products and providing technical solution and support to field sales teams. He is relentless in researching skills and presenting the industry best practices of IT Infrastructure. Performing advance technical research and providing IBM clients with strategic solutions on WebSphere offerings is one his forte.