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04 January, 2012

Cloud contest on Cloud-Buddy: ... and the winner is...

Hello all,
the Cloud computing definition on Cloud-buddy.com is over.
I'm pleased to announce that the winner is... me
Here's my definition of cloud computing and the impact that I think cloud computing will have on IT:

Clouds are invisible masses of resources made of CPU cycles, MHz, GBytes of RAM, IOPS, Network throughtput, resources pools and VLANs, “suspended” in datacenters on the the surface of the planet.

A Cloud gets triggered by requests of services, possibly acting together, and “precipitation” of resources above will “fall” on the requesters.

Clouds come in different flavors:
- the-cloud-is-mine-and-I-use-it (aka private Cloud)
- the-cloud-is-mine-with-a-little-help-of-your-cloud (aka hybrid Cloud)
- the-cloud-is-your-and-everyone-can-use-it (aka public Cloud)
Each flavor depends on who can trigger the Cloud by requesting its services and where the Cloud will “precipitates” its “rain of resources”.

The dimension of the Cloud and the sizing of its “resources pools” can produce light, moderate or heavy “precipitation”.

A “well formed” Cloud shoud have “sister Cloud” living in the same campus or “suspended” somewhere on the surface of the planet, ready to “precipitate” the needed “rain of resources” , just in case the primary Cloud “evaporates”.

Cloud computing will impact IT world by introducing new processes to manage the internal computing resources and to expand them on demand leveraging on cloud services provider. Automation will be the key
More powerful and granular Chargeback products for pay per use services will spring out in the IT world
Moreover cloud computing will force Telco services providers to invest in more reliable and less latency connectivity to leverage cloud computing features.

Finally :) virtualization design architects will became “weather forecasters” (to create a well formed Cloud, you need to know where and how much “rain of resources” will be requested).

I would like to thank Bilal Hashmi (@hashmibilal) for creating the contest and many thank to Christopher Kusek (@cxi) , Duncan Epping (@duncanyb) and John Mark Troyer (@jtroyer) who made all this possible sponsoring it.

cheers
\mf