Hedging the Cloud Bets
With all of the confusion around the cloud, it’s no wonder vendors take advantage of every opportunity to remind us, non-stop, about their cloud offerings.
Why, did you know Dell was a big supporter of OpenStack? Yep, and they have open source backing to show. Dell shows how they can put a team into looking like a scrappy startup.
Have no fear though, they also have a vCloud offering. Who wouldn’t want to miss out on the enterprise space?
But wait, they also preship servers with Eucalyptus on them.
I think it’s clear that..it’s not clear. The cloud concept has muddied the water so much, and created a cone of confusion for so many people. All of these vendors want to be everything to everybody, so they’re betting across the board in hopes one pays off.
I don’t necessarily chastise this approach, but I think it doesn’t help customers when a vendor offers so many solutions and says that all of them are the right approach. Sometimes you have to pick a side; sadly, the cloud space seems riddled with those who don’t.
I’m interested to see how this plays out over the next year; the cloud camp seems to be dividing between two sides: the enterprise high end space, and the commodity low end space.
Personally I think the commodity space is the better play. Let’s see if I’m right.