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Sep112008

Gartner's Tom Bittman on V12N & Cloud Computing

Tom Bittner, Gartner's VP and Chief of Research of Infrastructure and Operations, encapsulates the datacenter scenario of days gone by, and offers up a sense of how virtualization plays into the vision of cloud computing ... however one defines it.

Gartner: Virtualization Unlocks Cloud Computing

Bittner wasn't finished yet with highlighting the 'elastic' qualities of The Cloud:

"So what do we mean by this transformation? We believe that we are moving from a world where we manage components, we manage silos, we did resource management, we did capacity planning, we did performance management within silos. That's how we did things. Sometimes we put automation tools on top of those silos, but they were still silos. And what's happening is we're seeing a fairly major change here, as we move toward virtualization, where we're moving away from components and toward layers, and toward pools, and moving toward this kind of model we're much more elastic, we can do things a lot quicker than we used to be able to do them, but we are not done yet. By itself virtualization doesn't finish the story."

The key attributes of cloud computing that Bittner contends tie it to virtualization are services-orientation, utility pricing ("whether it's subsidized, or I pay for it based on use"), elasticity ("perhaps massive elasticity"), and that it is delivered over the Internet.

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