Incomplete Thought: Batteries – The Private Cloud Equivalent Of Electrical Utility…
While I think Nick Carr’s power generation utility analogy was a fantastic discussion catalyst for the usefulness of a utility model, it is abused to extremes and constrains what might ordinarily be more open-minded debate on the present and future of computing.
This is a debate that continues to rise every few days on Twitter and the Blogosphere, fueled mostly by what can only be described from either side of the argument as a mixture of ideology, dogma, passionate opinion, misunderstood perspective and a squinty-eyed mistrust of agendas.
It’s all a bit silly, really, as both Public and Private Cloud have their place; when, for how long and for whom is really at the heart of the issue.
The notion that the only way “true” benefits can be realized from Cloud Computing are from massively-scaled public utilities and that Private Clouds (your definition will likely differ) are simply a way of IT making excuses for the past while trying to hold on to the present, simply limits the conversation and causes friction rather than reduces it. I believe that a hybrid model will prevail, as it always has. There are many reasons for this. I’ve talked about them a lot.
This got me thinking about why and here’s my goofy thought for consideration of the “value” and “utility” of Private Cloud:
If the power utility “grid” represents Public Cloud, then perhaps batteries are a reasonable equivalent for Private Cloud.
I’m not going to explain this analogy in full yet, but wonder if it makes any sense to you. I’d enjoy your thoughts on what you think I’m referring to.