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Cloud Computing Perspectives: Nadhan’s Top 5

Binoculars Cloud.jpgCloud Computing is one of the most commonly used terms in the IT industry today implying different things to different people. What it means really depends on who you are. The many interpretations remind me of the fable where 7 blind men walked away with completely different perspectives on the shape of an elephant based on their respective sensory perceptions. 


Here are my top 5 perspectives on the cloud:


Customers want results - The customer is tired of hearing about the cloud.  Every vendor presentation they have been to is about the impact of cloud-based alternatives. A degree of skepticism has begun to creep in. Customers interpret cloud as a viable challenger to the status quo making IT think and revisit some of their fundamental tenets. The customer would like to see their overall experience enhanced because of the cloud rather than just being told about it.


CFOs like the payment model - CFOs are always likely to embrace options that allow them to pay only upon consumption. Sunken investments are the CFO's nightmare. The cloud offers the CFO a welcome respite where IT resources can be availed very quickly leading to reduction in lead-time, asset inventory, etc. Moreover, the CFO only has to worry about making payments if the resources are consumed. Therefore, CFOs love the cloud or at least the promise it holds. Having been used to the utility computing model, they expect it to yield greater returns across all components of the infrastructure including compute, network and storage. To the CFO, cloud computing is a welcome mode of operation for managing the finances.


IT Practitioners address it holistically - The cloud offers faster access to infrastructure resources provisioned on demand.  Environmental challenges can be more effectively addressed across the lifecycle. Architects have to holistically factor these challenges in developing and implementing solutions over the cloud, introducing a whole new set of dynamics not applicable to traditional solutions.  To the IT Practitioner, the cloud is a paradigm shift across the applications development and management life cycle.


Technologists are excited about innovation potential - To the technologist, the cloud is an intelligent way of consuming the available resources.  Having been challenged with optimizing server utilization patterns in data centers, technologists welcome this option. They see an innovative approach to the utilization of resources and are excited about the various options it opens up for computing in general. Cloud makes technologists wonder about the next innovative hype.  The Technologist is enjoying the paradigm shift we are going through now. 


Analysts are intrigued - Analysts treat the cloud like any other IT wave.  It is significant enough to warrant tracking and drawing up the hype cycles. Analysts project the extent to which various IT players have adopted cloud-based solutions and their impact on their current and future mode of operation.  To the Analyst, the cloud is intriguing.

Thus, the interpretations of the cloud depend on the perspective of the beholder.  Every perspective is important and feeds off the others resulting in the integrated evolution of the paradigm overall.


What is your perspective?  Is it one of the above?  Or do you have a totally different interpretation of cloud computing? I would be interested to know.


To learn more about HP’s perspective on cloud computing, check out these resources:

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