I wrote last week about a framework to have better cloud discussions. I said two things: it took me over a year to be able to write that short piece (which is true), and I will write many more things along those lines.
I also did an interview with an old colleague of mine who is now the CMO at Logikcull. Started as a short discussion on industry cloud – but ended up being a full-on discussion on cloud concepts and misconceptions. It was one of the pivotal moments in getting to my last post on cloud.
I wanted to share the three posts (yes, we talked for a while) that was published in their blog. This is reading time of about 10-12 minutes per episode. But, trust me – if you are interested in cloud computing and want to have a different perspective (the final post starts with the incredibly sentient sentence “It’s hard to say whether Esteban Kolsky is a contrarian or everybody else is just plain wrong”) please read through.
I will entertain comments and questions below or any other method you prefer. Thanks for reading.
Part 1 – Debunking the Myths of Cloud
Admit it, when you think “cloud,” you think elastic. You think scalable. You think SaaS. And that’s right, but it’s not all-the-way right. According to Esteban Kolsky, the cloud — the true cloud, the pure cloud — is not nearly as simple as those buzzwords suggest, nor as ubiquitous.
Kolsky, a former research director at Gartner and widely respected technology consultant and commentator, has never been one to accept conventional wisdom. In this multi-part interview with Logikcull, he sets straight the commonly accepted, but ultimately wrong, notions, perceptions and definitions of cloud.
Part 2 – The Economics of Cloud
The first part of Logikcull’s interview with Esteban Kolsky addressed common misperceptions about the cloud, which Kolsky defined, strictly, as a three-tiered architecture divided between infrastructure, platform and software.
“It’s the three elements you use when you create an application: the presentation layer, the logic layer and the underlying network and database,” Kolsky, a former Gartner analyst and widely respected technology consultant, said.
Here we dive — into the weeds, at times — into the evolution of cloud computing, the economic advantages and challenges its purveyors face, and how companies like Salesforce are pioneering customized “industry clouds.”
Also, we answer the question: What the heck is industry cloud?
Part 3 – Fearing the Cloud is Nonsense
It’s hard to say whether Esteban Kolsky is a contrarian or everybody else is just plain wrong. Over the course of this three-part interview, Kolsky, a well-known technology consultant and former Gartner analyst, has debunked pretty much every commonly held notion related to cloud computing and its underlying infrastructure.
When we asked, for instance, whether “private cloud” is more secure than “public cloud,” he retorts, Private “cloud” is not cloud at all!
In previous installments, Kolsky defined true cloud architecture and compared its properties to other architectures mistakenly assumed to be cloud. He then spelled out the economic incentives of cloud adoption for providers and consumers.
Here we pick up the conversation with Kolsky explaining why cloud vendors are moving to provide industry-specific solutions under the nom de guerre “industry cloud.”
disclaimer: I mention Salesforce, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and a few others in my interview. I mention Logikcull in here. Salesforce is a current client, so is Microsoft. Oracle was a client (and doubt it would be again), IBM was never a client, nor will it be. Logikcull is not a client (and won’t be) as I did this interview as a favor for my friend Dave Austin. I may have missed someone else I mentioned – and they may or may not be a client. But trust me, I know few people who would want to be mention in a series aimed at debunking what they sell. So, yeah — kind of proves that being a client or not does not exempt you from being called on what you do wrong. I also mention Amazon, Airbnb, Google, and a few other consumer companies – as far as I can tell, i did not mention any clients among those either — but I may be wrong (even if I did, it was public information – privacy clauses built into my end-user contracts prevent me from disclosing their names and status. I try my best to not be influenced and to not ruin my reputation – trust me, every mention is warranted by their actions, not their status as client or not.