It’s much easier to collect stuff than it is to throw it away. I’ve got a basement full of accumulated and inherited junk that proves that point. You never know when you might need something, so, why not keep it? It requires a decision and usually some work to throw something out.
Yikes, another cloud outage! Last week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported that its service went down thanks to a snafu at its Virginia data center. Amazon’s EBS (Elastic Block Storage) service bore the brunt of the difficulty. The outage validated the fears of some, while cloud partisans are certain to remain undeterred.
Cloud computing is winning headlines because it’s changing the way people run applications and get the information they need. But the back story is the impact cloud computing is having on that workhorse of the IT age, the data center. IBM and Intel posted stunning quarters, thanks in large part to sales of data center equipment, much of which is being installed to enable cloud services.
Should conversation begin to drag at your next party, just bring up the idea that we’re in the post-PC era, a topic on which there are probably as many different opinions as there are people. Steve Jobs set things off last year when he declared the era at an end.
Microsoft, of course begs to differ.
The cool thing about clouds is how they start from nothing, grow large, change shape then disappear. Clouds are amorphous. Fittingly perhaps, the definitions of cloud computing are similarly ill-defined, so much so that many vendors are slapping the cloud label on whatever they’re selling, whether or not it can be plausibly defined as a cloud-based service. Forrester Research calls this practice “cloudwashing.”
The Impact 2011 conference is taking place in Las Vegas this week. IBM kicked things off with a number of announcements about BPM, cloud computing and mobile application development. You can check them out here. As Doug Henschen reports in Information Week, IBM is hard at work integrating its two BPM platforms, but more work is still to be done.
There’s nothing like building a fire, cutting off a piece of bread, putting it on a stick, and browning it until it’s done. But it’s a lot easier just to pop a slice into a toaster.
Appliance computing is taking hold in many data centers for many of the same reasons there’s a toaster in every kitchen — you just plug it in and without too much more effort (your actual mileage may vary) your application is up and running and your work gets done.