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They said what?! This year's most notable cloud computing quotes

This year meant at least one thing for certain in the cloud computing market: Everyone now claims to be an expert. Should you use a public or private cloud? Odds are you'll find someone with a strong opinion either way. And since everyone is quick to speak their opinion on cloud matters, that means there have been plenty words of wisdom.

Whether it was a comment on a disaster of a government website or dispelling the myth that pricing is what drives cloud adoption, here are the cloud computing quotes that stuck out in our minds, lending advice that spoke to overall themes in the market this year.

 5. "Everyone needs a backup plan."

As reported in September by Beth Pariseau, cloud storage provider Nirvanix abruptly closed up shop, leaving its customers scrambling to move its data off the service. It's hard enough finding a vendor you feel comfortable with, so what happens when one closes? According to Richard Calmas, CEO of Neighborhood Pay Services, having a contingency plan is an absolute must. Calmas uses a combination of IaaS services from Amazon Web Services and ProfitBricks GmbH. More expensive? Yes, but "it's the cost of doing business," Calmas said.

4. "...people are now understanding that it's a hybrid world. Everything you do is hybrid."

Coke or Pepsi? Seinfeld or Cheers? Public or private cloud? Like the former two, the cloud computing debate isn't so black and white. Hybrid cloud computing is the future of the industry, as successful migrations now use a combination of public and private resources.

"What you have today with private and public cloud systems is that people put systems of engagement in the public cloud and most of the systems of record are still in private cloud or traditional IT," said Saar Gillai, SVP and GM of Converged Cloud at Hewlett-Packard. 

3. "The Achilles' heel for Amazon is the noisy neighbor."

 Amazon Web Services continued to be at the top in 2013, but enterprises found flaws with its performance. Cloud performance became a sticking point this year, with customers calling out Rackspace, AWS and other major cloud vendors. Many Amazon shops said they found fluctuating performance on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) due to 'noisy neighbors,' despite Amazon insisting otherwise.

2. "Don't ever use cost savings as a driver to go to the cloud."

What?! You shouldn't use pricing as a reason for a cloud migration? Cloud pricing is actually a red herring, said Nathan McBride, chief cloud architect at AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. A customer will actually have more negotiating power with a provider than they think, he said, adding "you need to spend more before you can stop spending."

1. "[The Healthcare.gov architecture is] for online applications built in 2003, not 2013."

Unless you were trapped in a time vortex like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, you are fully aware of the disaster that was the U.S. government's Healthcare.gov website. How does something this important go so horribly wrong in 2013? The answer, according to Carl Brooks, 451 Research analyst is that the website's architecture was outdated -- by about a decade. Months later and we are still waiting for the website to run smoothly. Will the government finally get it right in 2014? The website was 'the anti-cloud solution', Brooks said, adding that people who build websites on Amazon Web Services or similar environments don't end up with these kinds of problems.


This was first published in December 2013

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