[LINK] 'Cloud Computing METAPHOR doesn't fly'

Martin Barry marty at supine.com
Mon Nov 21 00:10:00 AEDT 2011

$quoted_author = "Bernard Robertson-Dunn" ;
> So, in summary, Cloud services is a way of using a someone else's 
> technology on an as needed basis and paying for it as such. All Cloud 
> services issues are related to the fact that it's not your technology 
> you are using, it's someone else's.
> If you implement your own Cloud technology, many of these issues go 
> away. And if you implement your own Cloud technology and call it a 
> private cloud (as in the case of Navitaire), then it's not Cloud 
> services. It's more like cloud-washing. The test is in how you pay for it.

I think the problem is that there is a whole spectrum of services which can
be cloudy and the terms people are using do not clear delineate what is and
isn't covered.

When someone says "private cloud" they could mean any number of things.

- A cloud-like service provided by someone else where the number of tenants
  is limited or the infrastructure is dedicated to a single customer. The
service provider sacrifices some economies of scale to achieve this but can
make it up with premium pricing. 

- A cloud-like service provided internally where the relationship between
  "IT" and other business units is run broadly along the same principles as
public cloud ("elasticity", "on demand", "self service", "automated" etc)
and not the heavily structured relationship most companies currently have


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