Frank? That you?
11 posts • joined 2 Feb 2012
Frank? That you?
I feel like I did when I heard about Sir Terry and Ian. Lester, you might not have been a world famous author selling millions of books, but you had the same spirit as those blokes (and indeed, Douglas Adams).
I will miss you. My sincerest condolences to your family and loved ones.
I've been coming to this site everyday since 2005 (at least!), and this kind of advertising disguised as content is going to make me go away.
Mark it clearly as an ad, but don't try and shove this down my throat.
Yes, I'm just one of your readers, but this is how sites die.. one at a time. Just ask Slashdot. Or Digg.
This, plus the SoNIC announcement makes it clear that the software people see a world where hardware platforms are interchangeable commodities, with the software providing all the smarts.
Nothing new in what I'm saying, but I wonder how a hardware company reacts to this brave new world. How do you compete with the software smarts of Microsoft, Google, Amazon & Facebook? You can't simply start writing software and defining specifications yourself, so you tailor your hardware to their spec, bake in APIs that they need, build FPGAs in.. and then what?
Yes, Intel isn't going anywhere soon, but what about the smaller networking vendors? Over in the consumer space, what about people like Samsung, Sony etc? As software takes over formerly "dumb" machines, the quality of the code makes a huge difference in whether your product sells or not. You can't build up that kind of expertise overnight.
There are days in which I think the next 20 years will see a massive consolidation of power in a very few corporations (the afore-mentioned four being right up there), while everyone else becomes a small supplier, trying to win favor from the goliaths.
After these dystopian visions, though, I usually have lunch, and things seem A-OK again.
"Sure it sounds cool, but I'll argue till I'm purple that utility computing fits the needs better than true cloud in greater than 90% of orgs. But utility computing is not hip."
I look at it a little differently. Based on your previous comments, you're obviously a senior sysadmin/guru type of fellow, and from your perspective, you're right.
However, it may be something of a generational change (I'm not implying you're old!). Those web style startups that you rightly deride are going to be the large enterprises of the next two decades (some of 'em, anyway). And they will have grown up in a world where compute resources are this amorphous, abstracted 'thing' that you use as you need it. Yes, most just treat utility computing as the "cloud" (by renting VMs on someone else's hardware), but the true cloud is more hip, as you say, and more people want to learn how to use it properly.
When Larry and Sergey built Google, they had to buy hardware and run the servers on Lego blocks. The next Google will be built on Amazon, or Google, or even Azure (which I've been using and am pleasantly surprised by).
My knowledge of this area is limited because I wasn't around, but isn't there a parallel to the whole shift from mainframe to client-server (PC)? Mainframes were more powerful, etc, but PC was cheaper and and far more flexible. Mainframes still chug along and there's an ironic shift back to their model (I mean, cloud/utility is an extension of that in some ways), but the kids who got PCs at home and learnt to program on them built the enterprises that rule today.
Every single entrepreneur type I know - admittedly none of them famous or rich - is building on the cloud. Some try and architect their app to be a proper cloud app, some just treat the cloud as a bunch of remote servers. But they all say they're in the "cloud". Of course, this is just one guy's opinion on the internet
True cloud is hard to wrap your head around. I know I haven't, but I sense the glimmerings of it, and I know that there are far smarter people who are building apps in ways that were simply not possible with utility computing (on-premises or remote).
I suppose it really comes down to what's cool and hip, as you say. Another way of saying that may be - people converge on a solution, that becomes the standard - with little regard for what's technically superior.
It's fun to watch though.
I hope you guys are filming the entire process.. this would make a great documentary. Well, I'd watch it.
To clarify - I know you have lots of video, but any plans of putting it together for a 1hr documentary that wraps up the whole mission?
"sneak peak" sneak peek, surely...
It was pretty impressive how close you were to the internal pre-launch documents.
Imagine the possibilities for the next Tom Cruise Mission Impossible (to watch) movie
Some tech sites could be entirely replaced by a Kartoz! (Not this one, natch)