By now, everyone is familiar with the “wait and see” attitude the powers-that-be are taking toward Cloud Computing, particularly the Public Cloud.
Certainly, the concerns of Security, Availability and Portability still loom large, as well as the lack of SLA guarantees are causing CIOs to pay lip service by re-dubbing their Virtualized Data Centers “Private Clouds” and placating the other C-level execs by adopting “Cloud” without really doing anything new.
This sort of mirrors the early attitudes toward server virtualization. The “not ready for prime time” attitude caused server virtualization to be relegated first to “Test and Development”, and then “Quality Assurance.” It was not until Server Virtualization proved itself in these areas for many years that significant enough confidence was gained to adopt the technology for the all-important “Production” environments.
Certainly, the fearless early-adopters who took the risks and pulled the trigger early benefited, not only by reducing their infrastructure costs a few years ahead of their competitors, but also gained valuable experience, trained personnel, and solidified relationship s with their virtualization vendors.
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