In some situations, mysterious is cool. Pop culture often embraces certain entertainers because “they’re mysterious.” When it comes to cloud, some folks appreciate the fact that cloud is mysterious too. In several conversations over the past twelve months, I’ve heard some semblance of the following phrase uttered “All you need to care about is the application and the SLA.” Factors like physical infrastructure don’t matter. Or do they?
In 2010, we need to take steps to make the cloud less mysterious. If it’s less “cool,” then that’s a good thing, because that probably means it’s becoming a more serious platform for enterprise IT. However, if we’re going to get serious about cloud, a lot of work remains. The following posts highlight areas that I think should be points of focus in 2010:
A large percent of our clients are very serious about cloud, but they want to see traction. They’re tired of making the same complaints about virtual infrastructure management and orchestration and seeing no results. A large portion of my 2010 Burton Group research will be devoted to private cloud architecture and management. Aside from highlighting what’s needed, I’ll be focusing on practical management methods that can be used today. Also, I think the issues I highlight in the posts below are just the tip of the iceberg. Cloud storage, for example, is still a work in progress. What else is needed? I welcome your comments.