So, this should be a good Friday post–its short and there are cash prizes involved.
Well, actually, its the first part of a post. I have a question for you readers. I have my own thoughts on the answer, but I wanted to see what other folks thought first, before I taint the discussion. I have been spending a fair number of cycles on a working group pulling together our company perspectives on cloud computing and where we fit in. While I was reading something on private clouds, something seemed oddly familiar, which leads me to the question:
Were mainframes the first private clouds?
Bear with me–there are a lot of similarities: based on virtualization, pooled resources, reallocation of resources via policy. Also, as someone pointed out to me the other day, some of the potential downsides like vendor lock-in, lack of portability, etc.
So what do you think? I have a Amazon or iTunes gift card for the best (or most entertaining) argument for and against. While you are making your argument, tell me what you think we can we learn from mainframe days that can help us today as we look a cloud models? For example, the mainframe folks certainly had the billing and accounting thing nailed.
So, what do you think?
PS For my next post, I am going to explore if the DEC VT100 was the first instance of VDI?