Controversial issues tend to attract the lunatic fringe to the poles of those issues. We see it all the time in politics. We also see it in cloud computing. In the cloud case, the poles are public cloud and private cloud. And the extremes bring out the lunatic fringes on both sides.
First the public side. Purists (often called lunatics) will go as far as to say that private clouds don’t exist. But the real danger is the loss of potential benefits when people overreact to limits in pure public cloud environments. In such cases, often there will be a showstopper, probably around security or compliance. The lunatic overreaction is to say that all cloud computing can’t be used. And the potential benefits of less pure public and hybrid and virtual environments lost.
On the private side, there is incredible abuse of the term. No shortage of vendors are claiming whatever they were selling last year is now private cloud. There are also IT people wanting to claim they have them too. whatever they are. The danger is lunatic overreaction to stretching the term. So the potential benefits that could be derived from using cloud concepts internally can be lost due to lunatic skepticism.
I wonder when we’ll see the private cloud lunatics lobby against any public option
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