Soundbytes from the Front Lines of Cloud Computing

by Sam Dean - Sep. 01, 2011Comments (0)

Recently, OStatic has been conducting an interview series with cloud computing platform managers, and makers of commercial cloud platforms, focused on the question, "What's in Your Stack?" The people we interviewed are, in many cases, cloud pioneers, and include founders of hot cloud-focused startup companies. In many cases, what they had to say about people deploying applications in the cloud, and the role of open source in the cloud, varied widely. Their points of view on the cloud and open source reflect the fragmentation currently being seen as disparate cloud platforms offer different advantages. In this post, you'll find a collection of interesting soundbytes from our Cloud Stack interview series.

"Many PaaS startups today seem to be little more than a next-generation AWS web console. Figuring out how they work is still an uphill battle. Our cloud platform takes a step back from the tools and looks at the utility of the cloud." --Lucas Carlson, Founder, PHP Fog, OStatic interview.

"The danger of cloud lock-in is [much more] subtle, you start adapting the way to develop your applications, communications, and management to the specifics of the provider.  In effect your development team is doing what they have to adjust to the foreign environment presented by the target cloud.  Then, before you know it, your applications will only run in that environment and how you deploy and manage updates is locked in to the environment as well."--John Considine, Founder and CTO of CloudSwitch, OStatic interview

"Software (and most especially enterprise software) is moving to a more service-oriented deployment and usage model.  For software services to form the basis of production computing, the private cloud software infrastructure necessary to support those services must be always on and always available.  That is, the private cloud becomes part of the data center infrastructure and as such must be "there" in the same way that hardware is 'there' -- available to take on new workloads if a specific individual failure occurs."--Rich Wolski, CTO, Eucalyptus Systems, OStatic interview.

"Open source is great once it is running, but it’s not always easy to install, configure, and integrate with other tools. We handle all of that at both the platform and application layers, and we do it in a way that provides for one-click portability to another server, a shared server, or even another cloud service."--David J. Jilk, CEO of Standing Cloud, OStatic interview.

"Apache projects such as Hadoop, Pig, Hive and Mahout are bringing large-scale data analysis capabilities to the masses, such that one can quickly slice and dice data, learn from it and then feed it back into the application to better enhance user experience.  More importantly than the code itself, these projects also have robust communities willing to share knowledge, such that one can very quickly get up to speed without a large learning curve or large upfront costs."--Grant Ingersoll, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, Lucid Imagination, OStatic guest column.   

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