I don't agree with David Linthicum's post in InfoWorld that contends the IaaS and PaaS markets will no longer support smaller providers. He also argues that the little guys will have to exit those markets and find something else to do.
While getting into the cloud fast can seem attractive, a deliberate step-by-step approach is the wisest course. Rushing to the cloud without considering all its implications is not a good idea. So here are five steps to consider as you evaluate cloud options.
Step 1: Standardize and Consolidate
Companies are adopting the cloud as they realize more and more benefits. Few jump in whole hog based on the cloud hype and there's been plenty of that. Still, as the cloud becomes more mainstream, new terms crop up.
By 2030, the amount of data is forecast to have grown to 1 Yottabyte (a lotta bytes, for sure...think 1 followed by 24 zeroes). That was the prediction of Martin Saddler from HPLabs, who I heard make a presentatation in London a few weeks ago.
Family photos are a staple in my family. I've taken lots of them on trips and special occasions.
My conversion from film to digital occurred 15 years ago and I've scanned about 350 GB worth of print photos on my system. I have multiple copies on separate drives and a number of them have been burned on DVDs. But you know, I don’t want to lose the family history. So, I finally decided to keep an extra copy in the cloud. I should have done that a long time ago, but you know how these things go.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog entry about the need of doing your homework when embracing open source software as you have no vendor to turn to. One question that was raised was why this could not be done once and for all by a trusted organization. For some open source software, this is done. It’s called a distribution.