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Cloud Computing at Gartner Datacenter Conference

So I am here at the Gartner Data Center Conference 2010.  This year’s event has a large focus on cloud computing, and I did not want to miss out on this one!    In my previous blog, I talked a bit about private and public cloud computing, but when listenting to Thomas Bittman’s presentation this week, I realized that I also should have mentioned two other flavors that aren’t talked about as often:  Community Cloud and “Virtual” Private Cloud.    So what type of cloud are these?

 

First of all, Community Cloud and Virtual Private cloud fall between the spectrum bounded by Public Cloud on one extreme and Private Cloud at the other.  “Virtual” Private Clouds are essentially private clouds that is hosted by a Service Provider for your enterprise.   Community Clouds only allow access to certain clients; for example, there may be a community cloud which only allows insurance carriers to have access to this cloud.  According to Gartner, community clouds may present the most common type of cloud in the future – I found that comment to be very interesting.

 

This presentation also talked about the layers of cloud computing that many of us read about a lot:  IaaS (Infrastructure as a service),  PaaS (Platform as a service), SaaS (Software as a service) and their growth rates spanning 2009-2014.  IaaS has the fastest growing market.  Saas has a smaller growth rate than Iaas, but it is the biggest cloud market today and by 2014 will still be twice as large as IaaS.    SaaS is also the most mature; who hasn’t heard of salesforce.com?

 

A poll which was done showed that enterprises continue to have the same concerns about public cloud computing and continue to put “security and privacy” at the top by a large margin.  And many enterprises do not realize that if they sign up with a public cloud provider, this public cloud provider in turn may outsource some of their operations to other public cloud providers as that helps them streamline their operations and reduce their capital investments.    Customers should really have a good understanding where their workloads may run and/or where their data may actually be stored.   So it’s not surprising that many enterprises are more comfortable with the idea of creating a private cloud.

 

Cloud Computing and Mission Critical Applications

The other week, I had the opportunity to meet with a prospective customer from South America. While I get to meet with customers on a regular basis, this customer was actively investigating replacing some of their mission critical systems with outsourced, cloud based applications. The main driver, as always, was the idea that instead of deploying their enterprise applications themselves, or through a dedicated outsourcer, they would use cloud-based applications. The first application they were considering was e-mail - which they figure could be deployed at about 20% of the price of their current hosted e-mail system. This is definitely very attractive!
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  • I work as a Master Architect in HP Servers R & D group. I work with teams spread across the lab and outside to build solutions which are highly available on HP-UX, OpenVMS and Mission Critical Linux platforms. In particular I contribute to develop HP Serviceguard clusters, HP-UX Security and Middleware products. I have been with HP for last 17 years and have exposure to HA/DR field from both R & D and customer perspectives.
  • Kirk Bresniker is the Vice President/Chief Technologist for HP Business Critical Systems where he has technical responsibility for all things Mission Critical, including HP-UX, NonStop and scalable x86 platforms. He joined HP in 1989 after graduating from Santa Clara University and has been an HP Fellow since 2008.
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