There are a flood of cloud computing content out there. As a thought experiment I start comparing conceptually what cloud computing is versus the existing data centers. Many take the approach of building data centers to be solid as a rock which interesting enough is an opposite of clouds. Rock is Earth. Clouds are water and air, and electricity (lightning).
Below is a first version of thinking about how there are differences between cloud computing data center vs. a Rock data center.
When you start thinking about Cloud Computing as the future, what kind of data center fits business needs?
I am having some conversations with data center designers on this concept. Cover up the right side, and only look at the left side. When I look at the left, who doesn’t want this? Except maybe those who may their money on the right side.
|Cloud Data Center||Rock Data Center|
|Water + Air + Energy = Clouds with lightning||Earth = building built in a capital intensive redundant manner|
|Business Alignment to current conditions||Over-provisioned for the unknown future, but ironically many times limit businesses|
|Speed is an advantage for less resources and changing business (minutes)||You have no choice so you move at our pace (weeks/months)|
|Systems integrated to reduce costs for business services||Silos of self-optimization are used to prove efficiency|
|Pay as you go service use||Costs are not transparent or directly related to what you use|
|Virtualized servers, storage, and network abstract discussions to capabilities for business||Staff discusses specifications of servers, storage, and networking|
|Energy efficient and high utilization are standard discussions||Energy is viewed as a small cost paid for by someone else|
|Commodity hardware||Specialized hardware|
|Healthy, growing vendor ecosystem||Static ecosystem that is growing slowly, maybe even declining|
|Exponential growth currently, innovation||Declining as users migrate to Cloud, maintenance mode, cost reduction|