VMware announces vSphere® to spur infrastructures to move to private clouds. Stepping from virtualized servers to fully virtualized infrastructures with applications and users sharing services based on demand need, not preset capacity. Along with their competitors they are pushing for businesses to replace or upgrade to a private cloud infrastructure as the next great thing. Add to this a number of thought leaders promoting the move to private clouds, some putting forth that private clouds are a way for business to step to public clouds smoothly to develop confidence.
Vmware will sell vSphere® to IT leaders who either need a highly secure environment and wish to gain cost and performance advantages of a private cloud or the IT leader convinces himself and his peers that a private cloud is the best answer for the business. But, is it really. Other parts of the business use shared services with full confidence and have for years.
Do you have your own water supply and filtration system, not many companies do, they trust the municipality. If a company makes baked goods or similar product they have their own delivery fleet, but for the rest of us we trust FEDEX to deliver products to customers. Than there is ADP to manage payroll and Internet, voice and cellular connectivity are all shared private services. Than of course there are banks. No business keeps all their revenue in a safe of their own. Banks are one of oldest shared private services.
My long winded point here is that for business already has established relationships with outside services that provide business and mission critical shared private services. These shared private ‘cloud like’ services have established a high level of trust and confidence for business. If a business has lost trust in FEDEX you can switch to UPS. Not getting more bars in more places, you switch over to Verizon.
Why should business’s data and applications be any different than a business’s product delivery or where a business keeps their money? This is not a advocating to toss out all the data centers in the world. I have IT brethren who would be picketing outside my house. My position is that a business should consider treating and viewing data and applications in the same manner they treat and view their products, money and facilities. Cloud computing is an option with pros and cons, like having your own fleet of delivery trucks or using a logistics provider.
Why does a business need to have a stepping stone like private cloud computing? No technical reason that I can fathom, only cultural.