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Mar282009

The Cloud's Kicking Mike D's Butt

Mike DiPetrillo took the job of global cloud architect at VMware in January, and has been pretty light on the blogging since then. I follow him and a group of virtualization-cloud-network-datacenter folks on Twitter, so there's not been a total loss of visibility. Today he's given voice to what many others are feeling.



  • Cloud is (and I apologize) a nebulous concept.

  • Because there's "something for everyone", everyone wants it (or a piece of it).

  • All the providers and pundits are "Cloud" and have been Cloud since before there WAS a cloud. (We just called it something else.)

  • What's REALLY important about Cloud is "up ahead."    


So, of course, we are all ignorant about Cloud. But the nature of the phenomenon is such that, in order to unwrap the gifts of Cloud, one pretty much has to wade in and participate. The Cloud is not meant to be a spectator sport, but you are obligated to watch what everyone is doing.


Mike D's Blog - The Cloud is Kicking My Butt



All of this leads me to the conclusion. I need to blog more. I need to share all of the details on what’s going on not only at VMware but with customers and service providers and standards and everything in between. I have a new mission in life and that’s to provide an inside look at what’s going on with cloud from the perspective of an engineer that’s helping enterprises and service providers build clouds on a daily basis. I guess I just need to cut out some of the 4 hours of sleep I’ve been getting in order to do all of this.

There’s a fair warning to all of this. Cloud is in flux. Standards don’t really exist. Everyone is labeling everything from toaster ovens to BMWs as “cloud enabled”. The information I share can and will change. Some of it will become obsolete. Some of it may seem very scary like no one has their act together. That’s just the nature of cloud at the moment. Everyone in the industry is stumbling through this together. In the end it’s all going to be worth it. For now though sit back, keep reading the posts, and prepare to get your butt kicked by the cloud.


Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for the shout out. You're one of those 20 that I mention in my post. Cloud is definitely an interesting (albeit noisy) place to be right now. It's not unlike flying really (I'm an avid pilot). Clouds look really cool when your up and flying around them and you really want to fly through one to see what it's like. Of course once you get into a cloud you can't wait to get back out and just hope you do so alive. That's pretty much how cloud computing is right now. Hopefully we can flatten some of these cumulonimbus types of things out into stratus clouds to make the ride smoother. I know...couldn't resist the real cloud speak. :)
Mar 28, 2009 at 2:14PM | Unregistered CommenterMike DiPetrillo
Mike,I learned to fly as a kid in New Mexico. Pushing a single engine Beechcraft through those thunderheads, my Dad used to call them "cumulo-granite." I definitely know that feeling of "get-me-the-hell-outta-here".

It will be some time before a lot of this is clear enough. We'll certainly have a better vocabulary by which to deal with it!! I'm doing my best to pay attention to terminology and being rigorous about its use.
Mar 28, 2009 at 2:36PM | Unregistered CommenterRich Miller
@Rich Miller - Just make sure you stay away from the anvil side of the storm. Of course my FAA examiner for my instrument ride told me all about how if you had icing the best thing to do was to fly through the middle of a thunderstorm so the hail could knock the ice off. Yeah, right I thought. Haven't tried it yet and probably never will. Good to see so many flying people around here.
Mar 29, 2009 at 11:07AM | Unregistered CommenterMike DiPetrillo

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