This is part 2 of the Absence Highlights Change Series
As technology continues to mature, the benefits of that technology trickle down to the enterprise at large. As developments in applications technology grow, so does the need for a more flexible and variable computing structure. In today’s world, for example, the dynamics of an e-commerce site might require the computational power of sixteen quad-core servers one week, and half that the next.
The astute CEO must look at the cost of maintaining an infrastructure designed for “full load” (whether maintained internally, or hosted!), and weigh those operational costs in the context of the global economy, shareholder expectations, competition, CoOP, and dozens of other factors. After a few beers with the CTO, both agree that their lives would be considerably easier if their technology infrastructure could be as dynamic as their processing needs.
…and enter the virtual machine. Practically, the VM should not replace the dedicated infrastructure – rather, it should augment it. VM technology allows the CTO to design infrastructure for “average” load, and spin-up VM’s only when the demand exists. By doing so, costs are contained, and the benefit of operational flexibility is tremendous.
Thus, I contend that “virtual machines” in a “bursty” scenario is synonymous with “cloud computing”, to the observer of today.
But, you see how things change. The time before last, when my dog and I rode this route on the motorcycle, “Cloud” was thin-client. The next time we rode the route, there was a big change – what had been thin-client has become web hosting. And this year, when we rode the route (and my little dog Max is considerably older now), what had been web hosting has become virtual machines. Is it any wonder that the little guy’s snout twitches in confusion as we motor past?
Continue reading this series, check out part 3 of the Absence Highlights Change Series: From "Meal d'value" to Custom Creation