On the Pervasive Data Center blog, Gordon Haff makes the case that cloud computing is not taking over enterprise computing, as was predicted when it emerged a few years ago, but rather teaching enterprises how to better model their own data centers (as private clouds) to share resources and simplify operations.
I would add to Gordon’s observations that the rapid adoption of appliances within enterprises is being driven by a desire for key advantages of cloud computing: simplified operations and cookie cutter horizontal scaling.
Further evidence exists in how many of our customers are using Solace virtualization capabilities, which let administrators easily partition each appliance into many discrete messaging environments, to give different applications and departments their own message bus without the cost or hassle of deploying new messaging platforms with their own software licenses and hardware. Solace virtualization functionality was originally conceived for multi-tenant service providers that wanted to virtually segregate traffic between different companies’ applications to ensure security and operational autonomy on shared equipment. Enterprises quickly adopted this technology to consolidate traffic from many internal applications or groups onto a shared backbone. It even given them the option to easily track internal usage for charge backs across cost centers, making data centers look more and more like service providers.
That’s cloud technology at work folks, and it’s not happening at Amazon or Google, it’s happening inside the banks, airlines and government agencies as each gets smarter about how they deploy their current generations of applications.