Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Zakia Bouachraoui, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Roger Strukhoff

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog

Containers Expo Blog: Article

Distributed Computing and Virtualization

The story around the Cloud is about the efficiencies that can be gained using distributed computing and virtualization

Mike Workman's Blog

Most Cloud providers let you run apps of any kind on their compute, store, and connectivity resources. Salesforce, which up until now limited themselves to their own apps for SFA and CRM, has declared itself a Cloud Computing company. In their case they really are a Cloud Computing Company, but I am going to try to outline this whole phenomenon and discussion in terms that I can relate to. Perhaps you can too.

My friend Tom Mornini of Engine Yard pointed out that the Type 2 analogy was a bit pejorative; he thought it was a negative slant on Cloud computing. So I put the Type 1 analogy in; talk to anyone who owns a boat – 4 out of 5 will tell you that it might be a lot less work and more bang for the buck to ride around in one than to have the headaches of owning one. By the way, Tom wrote a great article on Cloud computing.

Of course to some, owning anything and staffing it is an advantage, especially if it includes proprietary “secret sauce”. So, the beauty of the Cloud is in the eye of the beholder. My mother-in-law uses gmail – and if she could get rid of her computer, she would. We’ve been through this before. Remember WebTV? Your computer was a set-top box. Or your set-top box was your computer.

For lots of IT infrastructure companies it doesn’t really matter. If Pillar sells storage to end users or to people who sell the storage as a service, all is well. People still need to store stuff. We have many customers who do just that.

Pillar sells an Enterprise class product – the Axiom. This matters because data centers that offer cloud computing must be highly reliable, fault tolerant, performance resilient (under fault), serviceable, and virtualized. Pillar’s QoS offers Cloud providers far more than just storage; it gives them the ability to gain the huge efficiencies they need from their capital assets that classical storage solutions don’t allow.

It seems to me that the story around the Cloud is about the efficiencies that can be gained using distributed computing and virtualization. If a Customer is big enough to have a an efficient IT infrastructure, outsourcing brings no more efficiency than the standard “this isn’t a core competency” argument. For small organizations, the efficiency of sharing the Cloud with lots of other small customers can be significant.

So, bring on the Cloud! Of course, a slight interruption in Google’s Cloud and gmail service, say for preventative maintenance, for a year or so, would also be appreciated; I would just have to do without hearing from my mother-in-law for a year. Gad!! (You see, one man’s downtime is another’s silver lining!!)

More Stories By Mike Workman

Mike Workman is Chairman & CEO of Pillar Data Systems. He has spent his career breaking new technical ground in the storage industry. In his 25+ years in the storage business, Mike's appointments have included vice president of worldwide development for IBM's storage technology division, senior vice president and CTO of Conner Peripherals, and vice president of OEM storage subsystems for IBM. He has a PhD and Masters from Stanford, a Bachelors degree from Berkeley and holds over fifteen technology patents.

Comments (0)

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


CloudEXPO Stories
The precious oil is extracted from the seeds of prickly pear cactus plant. After taking out the seeds from the fruits, they are adequately dried and then cold pressed to obtain the oil. Indeed, the prickly seed oil is quite expensive. Well, that is understandable when you consider the fact that the seeds are really tiny and each seed contain only about 5% of oil in it at most, plus the seeds are usually handpicked from the fruits. This means it will take tons of these seeds to produce just one bottle of the oil for commercial purpose. But from its medical properties to its culinary importance, skin lightening, moisturizing, and protection abilities, down to its extraordinary hair care properties, prickly seed oil has got lots of excellent rewards for anyone who pays the price.
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected path for IoT innovators to scale globally, and the smartest path to cross-device synergy in an instrumented, connected world.
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of the world’s largest data centers. Click here to schedule a meeting with our experts and executives.
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understanding as the environment changes.