Update: The Amazon VPC example I originally gave in this post was confusing and in fact possibly incorrect in some ways. I have removed it.
Recently I posted a video explaining how we at Cisco look at the differences between internal and external clouds, versus private and public clouds. In short, Cisco believes that internal and external clouds describe where the resources underlying the cloud service reside. Private and public clouds describe where the cloud is defined and governed. Both of these definitions are from the cloud service user’s perspective, which is the perspective we believe matters most when rationalizing cloud investments.
I highly recommend that you follow the link and view the video, as I did a much better job describing the topic there than I have words to in this post.
The post resulted in a well formed response that I thought was worth reviewing. (Two well formed responses, actually, but my response to the other will have to wait until a later day.)
The response was from my good friend Sam Charrington, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Appistry. In Sam’s post, he took issue with my focus on control as the core issue behind the private/public differential:
One of my favorite stories is one attributed to Christopher Wren, the architect behind St Paul’s Cathedral. The short version of the story is that Wren was visiting the worksite for St. Paul’s Cathedral. He came across a bricklayer diligently working away and asked him what he was doing and he replied he was laying bricks. A little bit later, he came across a second bricklayer and asked him what he was doing, and he replied that he was making a living. Finally, he came across a third bricklayer and asked him what he was doing and replied, with a gleam in his eye, that we was building a great cathedral.
So, what does this have to do with data center? Well, I think our market has a lot of folks that are in bricklayer mode–they are happily simply supplying and laying bricks and quite proud of that–they don’t care what you build as long you build it with their bricks. Because of the increased attention and spend that data center is seeing, we are now seeing an influx of folks who are here to make a living. They might never have touched a brick before, but this is where the money is so this is where they are–maybe they will be here tomorrow and maybe not.
But if you look at IT companies today that are talking about building cathedrals–that have a fresh, defined vision and a blueprint behind it–the list is depressingly short. I can only think of a handful of companies that have an interesting and innovative view of the future and the ability to get there.
There is a lot of excitement these days with Cisco decision of being a Platinum sponsor of Oracle OpenWorld 2009 October 11–15, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
Cisco and Oracle have been for a long time partners and industry pioneers, bringing innovation to data center environments to improve productivity, increase service agility, and lower total cost of ownership.
So far Cisco Data Center Network solutions, including the Application Networking Services (ANS), have been delivering great platform for your Oracle infrastructure. With the launch of the Unified Computing Systems this year, actively supported by Oracle, Cisco is providing a new level of services and systems to the Oracle applications users and administrators , that we describe as Fast, Simple and Proven .
So if you plan to be at Oracle Open World 2009, we invite you to attend our speaking sessions and visit Cisco booth (#2301 ) to get the latest news from our experts about Oracle validations and benchmarking results. Here are some details of what you can expect
Cisco Bob Nusbaum shared with me recently some of the questions raised by our customers at VMworld. Bob is a very savvy engineer at Cisco and it’s always very useful and insightful to listen to him, but ..also enjoyable,as he is very realistic and a great story teller. It can’t be that easy!
Here is the detailed view of the demo that Bob talks about
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