There are public clouds like Amazon’s EC2, and private clouds run behind firewalls, but some networking experts believe the big opportunity for infrastructure companies and service providers in the future will be finding ways of blending the private and public, or creating bridges between the two.
Providers of what’s called platform-as-a-service, or PaaS, face a problem: How do you make it easy for users to grasp the idea of paying for “pieces and slivers” of a platform — the layers of technology underlying a software application?
Dell and some of its customers have taken “sort of a journey together,” arriving at a point where today, “it’s hard to draw a hard line around some of our systems and say that’s the server, that’s the data center.”
Hey guys, we should really work together, was Intel’s message at Structure 2010 in San Francisco, where GM of high density computing Jason Waxman correctly identified himself as the elephant in the room (something at least one panelist had called Intel earlier in the conference).
Network engineers from Yahoo, Facebook, PayPal and Zynga said that startups and other companies need to think about how they are going to scale their infrastructure as they grow. However, they also said companies need to recognize their predictions will probably turn out to be wrong.
The most successful vendors of software-as-a-service, or SaaS will be those who can offer a model similar to banks, giving customers the option to withdraw data at any time.
If Facebook VP of technical operations Jonathan Heiliger were a superhero, his name would be “Scaler-man.” Today Facebook has some 500 million users, twice as many as last July. But even so, Heiliger says the company should have planned better for the challenges it faces now.
The growth in bandwidth and cloud computing makes it easier to handle the massive amounts of data the world is producing every day, but latency — the lag in transferring that information across large networks — is still an issue, networking experts said at Structure today.
IBM isn’t looking very far to find opportunities in cloud computing. In its first year offering cloud services, the company has been helping existing businesses in health care and other industries move towards service models for their infrastructure and products.
Data — massive amounts of it — are emerging more quickly than ever before thanks to always-on networks and sensors, and companies are increasingly turning to new tools to help make sense of it. But how do you know if your company has hit “big data?”