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Finally, a true blue cloud computing environment


I recall sitting in a meeting where some university IT engineers were raising questions about how their applications fit snugly into the IaaS, PaaS or SaaS level.


That conversation made me queasy, and also left me a little disturbed since IaaS, PaaS and SaaS or (anything-aaS) are just loose terms used to define the scope of the cloud service. And the truth is there are no hard-and-fast rules to say that if you do not do an anything-aaS, you are not deploying things on the cloud.


It also started to dawn onto me that the terminologies in cloud computing are starting to consolidate, while restricting people to think in confined, predefined ‘zones’.


“Is this for public cloud or private cloud or hybrid cloud or community cloud or …..?”  is one of the first questions I get asked when I talk about my research on tracing data on the cloud. You get the picture by now.


The key thing is that cloud is a concept, and I don’t think we should strictly restrict it to looking at service stacks (e.g. anything-aaS) or even in private or public boundaries. The key is that when you use the cloud, you must be able to increase utilization of the infrastructure, pay-as-you-use and gain access anywhere.


When we survey the cloud industry, we find that several companies are either steering towards the private or public cloud ends of the spectrum. For example, when you mention public clouds, people would think Amazon ECS When you mention private clouds, many other vendors such as EMC come to mind. However, to be stay true to high accessibility, availability, utilization and low cost, we need to have a cloud that does not confine to just one or the other model.


Enter HP’s Converged Cloud. Being a researcher, I am always skeptical about new terminologies or buzzwords. But after reviewing it, and thinking about its potential; I believe this is as close as you can get to the true blue cloud computing environment.


To top it off, I have a gut feeling that Converged Cloud will return us to the fundamentals and vision of cloud computing, and even propel HP to be the choice cloud provider of several enterprises, large and small. If you do not believe me, or are simply curious, go ahead, check it out here.


Explore related content:

•           HP Converged Cloud announcements

•           HP Converged Cloud solutions


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Dr. Ryan K L Ko is a researcher with the Cloud and Security Lab, HP Labs Singapore. He currently leads HP Labs' TrustCloud project and Cloud Security Alliance's Cloud Data Governance Working Group.

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