Cloudy Days Ahead

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Published on December 10, 2008

Author: sogrady



High level cloud computing overview given at the TechMaine 2008 conference, 12.10.08

Cloudy Days Ahead 12.10.08 10.20.2005 2








So everyone's on board, right? 10

Not exactly... 11

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing with all of these announcements...Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” - Larry Ellison Source:, 9.26.2008 12

“[Cloud computing is] stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign. Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true.” - Richard Stallman Source: The Guardian, 9.29.2008 13


If you're going to make that argument, you'll need to explain this... 15


What is “cloud computing?” 17

Leveraging infrastructure from here 18

Elastic Pay As You Go Multi-tenancy 19

Cloud Traditional Accessibility Minutes Days Capex Pay As You Go Fixed, Upfront Cost Economies of Yes No Scale Geography Distributed Local/Offsite Multi-tenant Yes No Scalability Elastic Manual Virtualized Yes Both 20

Now More Than Ever 21

Economies of Scale Pay As You Go Time to Market Tools, Languages and Runtimes 22

So how do I make sense of... 23


By applying context 25 CONTROL OF ENVIRONMENT Google App Engine Joyent Accelerator Amazon EC2/S3 EFFORT TO SCALE 26

Management Backup Persistence Content Grid Media Network Application Layer Application Layer (Instance) (Fabric) Identity/Persistence/Payment Storage 27

What should I be asking about? 28

Application Latency Compliance and Security Data Load Freedom to Leave Service Levels/Availability 29

Questions? 30

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