Whurley’s head in the clouds

whurley called yesterday, letting me know about his new InfoWorld blog on cloud computing.  He’s my friend, so I felt comfortable chiding him a bit.  “Aren’t you the one who told me last year that cloud computing was bull&!@*?”, I asked him.  Of course he was.  But, he explained he is taking a contrarian approach.  That makes sense to me.

His first entry “Romanticizing Cloud Computing Will Destroy It” is a bit dramatic.  Cloud computing won’t be destroyed by romanticizing it.  His point is that he believes cloud computing is ill-defined and that it is practically the same thing and holds the same promise as grid computing, utility computing, and SaaS.  Will it help the economy or decrease global warming?  His questions are simply intended to make us all think.

whurley invites everyone to participate in cloud computing’s definitionJump on the cloud and give your two cents.  The fact that whurley has joined the fray makes me happy.  It’s going to make the journey not only much more enlightening, but a lot more fun.

(Disclaimer: whurley makes me write his name with no caps, even when it’s at the beginning of a sentence…)


Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

2 thoughts on “Whurley’s head in the clouds”

  1. Can’t wait to see a real cloud service or product delivered by Sun ASAP. Here are some simple examples:
    – Save OOo docs to cloud storage
    – Run OOo apps on cloud servers over VNC or your Tarantella web interface
    – Rent xVM Server and xVM Ops Center services with commodity prices ($/cpu hr, $/Gb)
    – Rent storage services at various service levels, like Amazon S3
    – Rent scalable MySQL database servers over the network, with a management interface
    – Invest in Jini and JXTA scalable Java platforms for cloud computing
    I’m sure there are many more examples of things Sun could sell. These are things Sun can do today to earn revenue. I’d prefer to see Sun deliver products/services than navel-gaze about the etymology of cloud computing. Please take this as encouraging "tough love", not a criticism. Best wishes for 2009. I’m holding onto my JAVA shares because I believe in *what* you’re doing (even if I question the *how*).

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