A number of folks who are at the HP Master the Cloud event in Toronto got together last night for dinner and we had a pretty wide ranging conversation discussing technology and technology adoption.
At one point, someone at the table said "I understand Cloud Bursting", and naturally with my slightly contrarian nature I responded “Oh really, explain it to me, since I don’t think there are many people who actually do understand it. How does it work?” I realized I was backing them into a corner that probably no one – especially me – could get out of. I admitted to them that I was being unfair.
The reason I say that is that in order to answer the question, you need to understand what the organization is actually trying to do. What constraints are being placed on their environment? How do they measure value? What kind of software resources do they have available?
It is easy to say “cloud bursting” but quite a different level of expertise is required to actually implement it in software so it works reliably and securely. There is a level of architecture sophistication that is hard to find. I can guarantee only a tiny percentage of current IT systems can support this level of flexibility. It is definitely “doable” -- just not a simple answer and not everyone is going to be willing to pay for what it will take.
There are many aspects of the movement to a more flexible IT environment that have similar underlying complexities. It’s like using the 5 Whys to get to the root cause. It can really make you think about what’s important.
A perspective of cloud held by some is that it is something that can be deployed the same everywhere -- once size fits all. Once people get into it a bit further they realize this may not be the case. I had a moment at the HP Master the Cloud conference to interview a few of the HP executives about there perspective about what's special about cloud computing for a Canadian market .
Nick Vanderzweep one of the other cloud advisors interviewed one of the leaders of PCD Solutions (one of HP's partners at the event.
If you want to know more about the perspectives of HP's cloud advisors, you can review this post from last year.
American Airlines is allowing free wi-fi on my flight back from Montreal so I thought I’d take a moment to blog. I was at the Master the Cloud conference HP hosted and while there met up with Rafal Los (Following the White Rabbit security blog) and Nadhan (who blogs on the HP ES blog) . We recorded a podcast focused on cloud computing implications hosted by Raf. Have a listen if you get a chance. I thought it came out well even though it wasn't done under the best circumstances.