Virtualization to disappear as a separate discipline

Filed under: 3tera,Cloud Computing — Tags: , , , — barmijo — September 28, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

Ken Fogarty, writing for CIO, comments on a panel on virtualization at MIT last week that included Amazon CTO Werner Vogels and VMware founder Mendel Rosenblum.

“The good news is that virtualization will become a critical part of an even larger part of most IT infrastructures as time goes on.

“The bad news is that it will do so as part of a larger movement toward cloud computing and will, in large part, disappear as a separate discipline.”

This trend started a year ago and IMHO is new happening faster than most folks expected. Perhaps this explains why so many vendors seem to need to claim they are in the cloud computing space.

VMware vCloud; Citrix Cloud Center (C3); This Must be a Great Party – Everyone’s Going!

Filed under: 3tera,Cloud Computing — Tags: , , , , , , , , — bxl — September 19, 2008 @ 10:35 am

This week, something quite miraculous happened.  Those of us whose vision of the future is in the Clouds have seen our crystal balls start working.

Months ago, 3tera unveiled our Cloudware architecture.  But rather than try to convince the world that there is only a single architecture that works and ours is it, we emphasized that Cloud architectures need to be open.  Not only need they interoperate with all sorts of hardware and software as virtual appliances, they need to interoperate with other Clouds and Cloud components as well.

So, what happened this week?

The two undisputed leaders in virtualization, VMWare and Citrix/Xen announced suites of products in support of Cloud Computing, vCloud and Citrix Cloud Center (C3), respectively.  Undoubtedly, Microsoft and Red Hat and more will follow.

The anticipation that drove our Cloudware architecture is proving spot on.  There will be multiple global Clouds, they will not all be the same, and the ones that will get the brass rings will be the ones that interoperate rather than stand alone.  Cloudware is designed so that it will, in the not too distant future, have the ability to incorporate elements from any Cloud.

You will note that both VMWare and Citrix, in their Cloud announcements, emphasize the need for API-based interoperability among Clouds.  3tera agrees.  The development of this interoperability will make the vision easy to accomplish.

3tera intends to take this direction to the nth degree by not only enabling applications in one Cloud to interoperate with applications in others, but to enable elements from multiple Clouds to coexist in the same application.

There’s been a lot of music to our ears this week.  The huge install bases of VMWare and Citrix are becoming part of the eco-system that we have been participating in the definition of, designed for, been building for and support – the eco-system we’ve been predicting was coming.

So, if this is music to 3tera’s ears, it’s a multi-media extravaganza that should tickle all the senses of information technology users of any size   Combining a continued direction of open Cloud Computing where anything can operate in the Cloud with this new direction of interoperability among Clouds will leave all IT users at their own mercy.  Vendors will have less ability to manipulate and dictate what hardware you run your applications on, what operating systems you use, what software you deploy, what type of infrastructure components you rely on, what databases you use and where your applications run – and in how many places.  This will ALL be up to you and you’ll be able to change it all at YOUR will with just your little old browser.

The Cloud Shroud – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cloud?

Filed under: Cloud Computing — Tags: , , — bxl — September 9, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

A lot of people ask me – How are you going to get big enterprises to accept Cloud Computing?  How are you going to get over the concerns around security and privacy?

Well, as I said in an earlier post, many enterprises will be running Clouds behind their firewalls, in their own data centers.  But what about external Clouds?

Hmmmm.  Is Cloud Computing really just a trendy term?  Or are we onto something here?

When something is in a cloud, it is shrouded in secrecy.  You can’t see it.  You can only imagine what it is, if it is there at all.

At 3tera, we believe the optimal Cloud exists in multipal data centers, geographically dispersed.  This adds to the question, “What is in the Cloud?” another question sort of – “What Cloud is it in?”.

Lets imagine that all the clouds in the sky are somehow connected (at the molecular level, they most probably are).  Each of these Clouds are made up of millions upon millions of water droplets.  Now imagine if you had to find a single particular water droplet in the sky and you had no idea what cloud it was in.  Now, add to that, the ability of that water droplet to move from one cloud to another.  Do you think you could find it?

So, I maintain that concerns about Cloud Computing privacy and security become very overstated when dealing with Clouds in multiple locations.  In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that running stuff in those kind of Clouds is far more private and secure than running the same stuff in traditional data center environments.

Imagine a sophisiticated hacker who wants to attack the First National Bank.  Imagine that First National runs all of its applications in two data centers.  All the hacker needs to do is penetrate one or both of those data centers.  Once inside, he can monitor First National’s transactions indefinitely and methodically plot what type of transactions to spuriously submit and when to submit them.

Now imagine if First National’s applications run in multiple data centers worldwide, and each application did not necessarily always run in the same data center.  What would the hacker do?  I suppose he might accept that challenge, but if he was really out to get a bank, he’d move on to Second National.

You know, statistically, homes with burglar alarms get robbed much less often than homes without them.  Of course this is due to the fact they they are more secure.  But it is also due to the fact that a burglar will look for an easier target and not even try.

The same is true for Cloud Computing, if the Cloud is done right.  At 3tera, we like to say that Cloud Computing is not a substitute for good architecture.  But if the Cloud is architected like the sky – multiple sub-clouds interconnected, that IS good architecture.  “Sky Computing” is private and secure!!! :-)

Finally, there’s a practical side to all this.

External Clouds will be operated by companies whose business is data center operations, not companies whose business is financial services, pharma, health care, manufacturing, etc.  These companies, to remain competitive, will constantly update their data centers with the latest technologies.  These technologies assuredly include those that keep data private and secure.

So, to all of you early adopters of Cloud Computing, I say, “Bravo!”.  By being brave you are achieving world class security and privacy for your precious information technology assets, without incurring huge data center capital expense.

Your applications and data can be naked sitting ducks, or moving targets in flak jackets.  The choice is yours.

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