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Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending
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goman
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goman,
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4/23/2012 | 1:28:27 PM
re: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending
For me, this is a mis-statement. Not the end of the local data center in 10-20 years but looking at the local data center in a different light as in more "virtual", i.e. in the management of centralized computing resources and maybe a growing need to make available (or rather expose) software and data beyond the corporate center for a more "global user community".

Though public clouds are "fully redundant", your local site (in the traditional sense) is still the endpoint and if not redundant in that sense now, won't be in the future. The reality of the day is still the same for redundancy, not considering limitations or the additional cost for sufficient bandwidth. Current network technologies can't keep up for providing bandwidth.

I'm not going to drone on about cost. Others have chimed in here. But then again, looking into the future. . . who knows. We've also seen the export of IT jobs, to come back home due to cost and quality.

In the end, I can see a blend, definitely not the extreme as Amazon would like to paint the picture (some would call a fantasy).
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YMOM100,
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4/21/2012 | 4:08:28 AM
re: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending
In order for business to run entirely in the cloud the cloud services need to become more reliable and disclose exactly where data and apps are located, who has access to them, and when and why things are shifted around. This is especially troublesome when it comes down to laws and regulations about exporting technical know how. Will moving data from a US cloud data center to one in Europe constitute an export? Or moving data to places like China where the local government might even have a high interest in getting their paws on data that isn't theirs, what about that?
The cloud is and will remain a scary place!
Eric H.
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4/20/2012 | 9:38:12 PM
re: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending
It's only natural for Amazon to make this self-serving prediction.

I've been in the IT business for quite a while, and I remember everyone saying the mainframe era was coming to an end when PCs first started hitting the corporate workplace back in the early 1980s. 30 years later, and while there are far fewer mainframes running than there once were, they're still out there.

I've given Amazon EC2 a short test drive, and it IS pretty awesome. At the same time, I can't see the major financials and telcos rushing all their critical enterprise apps to it. Maybe some day, but probably not in my lifetime.
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4/20/2012 | 7:42:47 PM
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Kinda like timeshare would be the end of corporate computer rooms in the 1970's. Public Cloud has its place in the corporate world but public cloud can not be the sole provider of information services to an active corporation.
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4/20/2012 | 5:41:15 PM
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I hope Hybrid Cloud Computing is the end of Server Rooms / Closets (non redundant data connections, power, environmental systems). Replaced by Colo based Cloud Infrastructure payed for by Cloud savings. This is what we can be doing now, so this really makes this the real start of the Cloud Datacenter Era
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gness950,
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4/20/2012 | 12:34:00 AM
re: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending
A cloud and a data center are not mutually exclusive concepts (for example, clouds usually reside in data centers). That combined with the hubris of making any tech prediction 10+ years out... gives me the sense that the spinmasters at AMZN are out of control. There are also case studies of companies (some public) who have migrated off the AMZN cloud, only to have their own data center and... (drum roll please) cloud.
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4/19/2012 | 8:47:11 PM
re: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending
What a load of dung. At more than 5 times the cost of doing it in-house, I don't think so! We will have internal clouds, probably a few, if not many of them inside our brick and mortar. Institutions that have to follow many privacy laws will not be out-sourcing their data to be raped by hackers using the very cloud being sold to them.

Who answers these questions: How do I get that physical server rebooted? I need more speed, can you crank up that processor? I need 2 TB of ram and 32 cores running at a minimum of 2.8GHz's, can you do that? Can I spin my data or system to tape archival? How do I know that I wasn't hacked? How do I know you aren't spying on my data? Why am I required to write proprietary hooks into my code to make it run on your "cloud"? Can I bring that code back in-house and run it on our physical servers? Why is the billing so complex that you need a major accounting firm to audit them? So who do I fire or yell at when they screw up? How do you compensate for the speed of light (latency) ? When do I get to buy and use that new technology? Why can't I keep that old legacy application running?

I am so sick and tired of the same old sales pitch rhetoric. Give it a rest already!

harry



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