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The Frogs Who Desired a King: A Virtualization & Cloud Computing Fable [Slides]

frogs-title001I’m loathe to upload this presentation because really the slides accompany me (not the other way around) and there’s a ton of really important subtext and dialog that goes along with them, but I’m getting hammered with requests to release the deck, so here it is.

I will be giving this presentation at various venues over the next few months as well as the second in the series titled “Cloudifornication: Indiscriminate Information Intercourse Involving Internet Infrastructure.”  

At any rate, it’s another rather colorful presentation. It’s in PDF format and is roughly 12MB.

Click here to download it.



  1. Saso
    March 17th, 2009 at 13:59 | #1

    First! 🙂

    Ok, seriously now, nice and timely presentation. Thanks for that. Mind if I use some of it at our internal EA meeting just to beat some fluffy cloud thinking out of certain people's minds? 🙂

  2. March 17th, 2009 at 14:02 | #2

    That's what it's there for. If you need secret decoding instructions, let me know.


  3. March 17th, 2009 at 15:17 | #3

    I enjoyed the presentation/info, thanks for sharing this — Personally I'm most interested in the Hybrid Model a'la "GoGrid Cloud Connect" because I need to connect to multiple private networks and other equipment (Hardware Security Modules, etc) over leased lines typically over TCP sockets.

  4. March 17th, 2009 at 19:31 | #4

    I am interested in ordering 1 large Cloud. I can pay cash on delivery. Can you re-post this on twitter and is it less than 140 characters?

  5. March 17th, 2009 at 20:08 | #5

    Tufte has started using this presentation in all his "Cognitive Style of Powerpoint" courses

  6. MadKat97
    March 18th, 2009 at 03:50 | #6

    Chris – Thanks for posting Frogs. Truly enjoyed your "performance" at SOURCE Boston 2009 last week (jeez, where does the time go?!) Even though this is only the score, not the performance, it's still a major help and memory jogger for folks like me.

    THX again.

  7. March 21st, 2009 at 16:31 | #7

    Chris – A work of remarkable depth and clarity… Thanks for posting!

    I'm routinely involved in discussions of federal systems and cloud computing, and you can imagine how frequently that basic question ("you have a risk assessment methodology, right?") comes up. Existing federal guidelines [FIPS199/OMB 08-21/NIST 800-53] are actually compatible with cloud computing, but knowing your data/system risk profile and engaging with your service provider regarding controls are indeed essential.

    Best wishes on your travels presenting this!

  8. James Watson
    April 27th, 2009 at 03:03 | #8

    Dear sir-

    Would you consider recording the audio for this presentation and linking it putting it on something like InfoQ?



  9. Earl Crane
    May 26th, 2009 at 10:26 | #9

    Chris – a great presentation to articulate many of the security issues we're wrestling with. Luckily most executives understand that security is an issue with cloud computing, they just dont know what to do once they get it. I'd like to see more discussion around private clouds in regards to the federal space, as John Curran mentions above.

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