Guest Post By Nati Shalom, CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces
In a recent article, Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold.
“I really worry about everything going to the cloud,”.. “I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years. ….“…with the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away.”
When I first read the title I thought, Wozniak sounds like Larry Ellison two years ago, when he pitched the Cloud is hype, before he made a 180-degree turn to acknowledge Oracle wished to be a cloud vendor too.
Reading it more carefully, I realized the framing of the topic is instead just misleading. Wozniak actually touches on something that I hear more often, as the cloud hype cycle moves from a Peak of Inflated Expectations into through the Trough of Disillusionment.
Wozniak echos an important lesson, that IMO, is major part of the reason many of the companies in the cloud have experienced lots of outages during the past months. I addressed several of these aspects in in a recent blog post: Lessons from the Heroku/Amazon Outage.
The good news is that as the industry matures there are more choices that provides better tradeoffs between producivity and control:
- Open source cloud such as OpenStack and CloudStack
- Private cloud offering
- DevOps and automation tools such as Chef and Puppet
- OpenSource PaaS such as Cloudify, OpenShift and CloudFoundry
- DevOps and PaaS combined such Cloudify
As businesses look at cloud strategy today, there isn’t a need to give up control over productivity. With technologies like Cloudify, businesses can get the best out of both worlds.
Nati Shalom is the CTO and founder of GigaSpaces and founder of the Israeli cloud.org consortium.