Caleb Tennis Hedging the Cloud Bets

January 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

And HP, with their private beta Openstack based cloud. But don’t worry, they also offer at least 8 other cloud branded solutions.

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.

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