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I just reviewed and excellent WSJ article by Roger Cheng that was posted on 21 October 2009. Cheng notes that “Amid the worst-ever decline in technology spending, corporations still invested in cloud computing and virtualization…” This is very good new, but I do take a bit of an issue or two with some of his comments:

>> “Cloud Computing Is Disruptive” They hope it is disruptive; that is, disruptive to their declining margins and lack luster growth. Getting infrastructure on demand (IaaS0, development on-demand (PaaS), or even software on demand (SaaS) is no more disruptive today than any other type of outsourcing. Twenty years ago, yes; today, don’t think so.

>> Cloud Computing – The real implications. Cloud computing is very important to consider as part of the evolution of any healthy company, but the real implication is very different than what you hear in the press. When a CFO says Cloud Computing, what they are implying is – I want lower costs. When a CIO says Cloud Computing, what they are implying is – I want somebody else to do that stuff. When you hear a CEO say Cloud Computing, what they are implying is – Please, let there be a $ilver lining in that cloud.

>> Virtualization Cloud Computing. For those less mathematically inclined, virtualization is not the same as or equal to cloud computing. Even more precisely, virtualization does not need cloud computing and cloud computing doesn’t even need virtualization. Cloud computing is a where and who; whereas virtualization is a how.

It would be reckless for any IT datacenter not to consider virtualization as part of its overall operational strategy. Leveraging under utilized computing resources is an important part of attaining cost efficiency. At the same time, for those circumstances that fit cloud computing, turning capex-oriented IT into opex-oriented services can help the financial model.

>> The Future is “Virtualized Desktops” Yeah!? Remind me again as to the problem we are trying to solve. Again, nothing new. Desktop virtualization has been around for over two decades. I personally created and worked on virtual desktops. So why hasn’t it been adopted? Hum, is it because the technology was immature. No, companies like Citrix and NeoIT don’t think so. Is it lack of a strong financial driver? Maybe, but given the cost of IT per person, one can often make a pretty compelling case. So what is it then? Us!

Cognitive and social psychology tells us that human like to maintain control (thing about it). Moving from an independent to dependent model requires a lot of organizational and cultural changes and is not something that naturally happens on its own. So, if one is interested in virtualizing (not a word) the desktop, they need to start virtualizing our culture first.

>> “Capitalism Still Strong in the IT Industry” – This should have been the headline of this column. Regardless of the economy, companies still need to perform. They need to grow profitable revenue, keep their customers happy, and prevent competitors from taking market share. Translated – they are behaving as Capitalist (with a capital C). Cloud computing and virtualization just happens to be one of the few remaining tools on their corporate belt that still works, and works well.

What did you think of the article?


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