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Commodity Cloud Futures? Unquestioned. Performance Cloud? Still questioned.

Bernard Golden wrote a piece that appeared at the end of May, which I've (sadly) not seen until today.  He sets out the perspectives being promoted by various clouderati regarding the ultimate future of commodity cloud services like Amazon's AWS, and the role / scope of 'enterprise-quality' configuration and tuning offers of competitive service providers.  

What he comes to is less a pronouncement and more a rational observation: There will be demand … continued, serious demand… for the commodity styled class of services provided by AWS.  The growth for this form of IaaS+ will continue unabated.  

What is less clear is the degree to which (and the resulting market size for) performance-sensitive, highly tunable cloud services will be in demand. Will they represent a separate, significant class of services in their own right, a class of boutique services 'at the top of the pyramid' or a special form of 'spiffed-up' managed service hosting offers?

Thus, I believe that the article is not titled correctly.  Better put, it might be: Will commodity cloud services be supplanted by 'crown jewel' services? Answer: No.

And, while I don't share his doubts about performance-sensitive applications and their share of cloud services, I completely agree that it IS a question. whereas the future of commodity cloud services seems altogether clear as an extended, long-term juggernaut.

Can commodity cloud services handle 'crown jewel' enterprise apps? - Computerworld:

In other words, can this complex tuning capability required for a certain domain of applications truly be offered as a cloud service, or are we really talking about spiffed-up colocation or managed service hosting presented as a shiny cloud offering? The crucial question is what depth of tuning is required for the applications that reside at the top of the pyramid and what proportion of those applications' performance requirements can be served via an API.
Overall, I'm not convinced that performance-sensitive applications that require tuning represent the future of the cloud computing market.


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