Justin Augat

The Many Clouds of IT: The Power of Choice or the Failure of Compromise?

Blog Post created by Justin Augat on Oct 22, 2014

Here we are at the end of October and I have a very important task ahead of me this week: Helping my 3 year old son pick out a Halloween costume.

 

Anyone with an opinionated child knows where I am going with this:

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But… aren’t there (literally) hundreds of options for costumes? And aren’t they all available instantaneously for ordering on Amazon? In fact, YES and YES. And that is the problem. With all his favorite storybook and TV characters available in costume format, how do you make a decision between two great options?

 

As we’ve all learned the hard way, sometimes infinite choice brings with it (infinite) confusion. And, as a result, we seek the inevitable compromise - or, worse, we stalemate. Perhaps ironically, sometimes, technology works the same way (considering that with the advent of technology came the expected simplification of our lives)

 

Over the years, our industry has offered hundreds (thousands!) of options to store and manage data. The “enterprise cloud” is a great example of the many choices we have today.

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Customers can now deploy private clouds, public clouds, and hybrid clouds. Looking at this with more detail, customers can choose to have their infrastructure managed by the vendor - or not, OPEX based – or not, onsite – or not. But can this all exist together? Not always – and likely not from a single management platform. This is where the “compromise” begins.

 

Traditionally, private clouds have provided security, control (of both data and location of data), predictability of performance, and availability of data. As a result, private cloud deployments still lead the way. But we crave more…

 

With the availability of public cloud offerings, we can now move that data offsite to a shared datacenter and gain the benefit of usage based consumption, fast deployment, flexibility of resource (more or less when you need it), and the economies of scale associated with large, commoditized, and seemingly unlimited, storage at your fingertips. These are big strengths in favor (flavor?) of public cloud.


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So, again, the “compromise” begins. Which data goes where? Who is going to manage all this? Can I effectively use both?  Will this become our next Gordian knot?

 

But not to despair, it’s getting (or it’s gotten) easier – at least easier than solving the great Halloween costume dilemma. Over the next few weeks, I will outline some new options from HDS that help customers deploy “no compromise” clouds. We will also dispel some common cloud myths that are associated with existing cloud offerings – stay tuned for a solution that is fundamentally different (and exciting).

 

And back to Halloween - there seems to be no win-win solution when weighing two great options with a 3 year old.

 

Or is there?


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