--"Google reported that its outage was caused by 'human error', which is often at the heart of corporate data center disruptions as well…. As I've stated before, this becomes a quality of support rather than a reliability of service issue." --"I remain convinced that an honest self-assessment by IT and business decision-makers will lead to the realization that their data center reliability, security and performance palls in comparison to today's leading cloud computing vendors. In addition, a thorough evaluation of their time-to-market, flexibility, TCO and ROI would also clearly favor the rapidly evolving SaaS and cloud computing alternatives."
Kaplan's right - but are CIOs and others seeing these two issues with the clarity they deserve? Part of the issue is that if you ask 10 different cloud-computing vendors to define the business they're in, you'll get 10 different answers. And as my cloud-computing-expert colleague John Foley has noted, attempts by the industry to unite to set some common standards have not proven to be very successful.
As Kaplan puts it, "While the SaaS industry has gained broad-based acceptance because of its relatively mature 'packaged' applications, the cloud computing sector still has a long way to go to win an equal level of adherents among mainstream organizations." And while the Google outage was covered extensively across all types of media, CIOs need to see past that buzz and look to the real facts surrounding cloud computing and its performance and reliability.
At Interop, Kaplan said, he'll be attending the Enterprise Cloud Summit and chairing a panel called "Saas, PaaS, and More."