Simon Crosby, CTO of Citrix’s Cloud and Datacenter group had a really interesting blog post this past weekend. We agree whole-heartedly with Simon’s thoughts on enterprise-ready cloud.
The good news for all of us is there’s room for more than one type of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider. These specialized “clouds” are really making an impact and meeting customer’s demands. Case in point, government customers. I’ve yet to see any “public” cloud provider gain ATO for anything more than the most basic, non-sensitive workload. This is one key area we are investing in with our System Integrator partners.
And by the way - I do mean IaaS not PaaS. I’ll have more on our PaaS strategy in next week’s blog.
Along these same lines, I’ll be on stage at Synergy 2010 with Nathan Day , CTO of Softlayer. We plan to discuss and contrast these multiple views on cloud – Softlayer, who has done an amazing job at automation and enabling customers to self manage in the cloud, and Carpathia, who has focused more on managed services to allow enterprises/government customers to fully embrace cloud from on-boarding to operations. Our “debate” is scheduled for Friday, May 14 @ 1:00PM EDT (10:00AM PDT).
Here’s another great video to add to the build up to Synergy 2010. I think there might be a subtle message around minute 5:10 re: a competitor’s hypervisor http://www.citrix.com/tv/#videos/2022 .