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Flexibility is key in approaching cloud

Having been at VM world for the past couple of days, it is clear that some folks see virtualization and cloud as almost synonymous. At least to me that is not the case. I’ve said for a while that there are different levels of cloud with different responsibilities. This illustration shows one way of thinking about the breakdown of responsibilities.


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For any one business they may use all or any of these different types of cloud capabilities for their own organizations definition of what cloud means to them. Each of these layers can be divided along the lines of public and private cloud as well. This means that the integration and interoperation across these various types is critical. Resource and relationship management are also going to be crutial skills for the organization, especially those subscribing to the services provided by others. It can be a different world, where the cloud vendors self-select based on what they want to provide, not necessarily what the sub...


Having spent some time this week talking with the other HP cloud advisors, this degree of flexibility is viewed as important across storage, networking, servers and services – and hopefully a differentiator for HP . There will be more to come about that later though…


For people getting into cloud it means that they can start using one approach and overtime and/or by area adjust without sacrificing their investment and the cloud knowledge they have developed.

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