You know what they say about history. Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. The flip side to that, though, is that we can learn from the successes of the past, and apply those lessons replicate that success to the benefit of many. That’s the thought that kept bouncing around my head as I read this article from my colleague Scott Davis, featured in Cloud Computing Journal recently.
In the article, Scott takes a look at the similarities and differences between the cloud and virtualization, from the business drivers leading to adoption and the benefits to enterprises - including cost savings, resource optimization and elasticity - to the problem of virtualization and cloud sprawl in larger organizations.
I thought the following passage from Scott’s article laid it out best:
As the cost effectiveness made virtualization ubiquitous, increasingly organizations got used to these time, flexibility and efficiency savings. The curse of cost optimization is that it doesn’t take long to go from innovative disruptor to table stakes. As a result, the virtualization cost savings were increasingly taken for granted and the operational benefits drove the spread of virtualization. Organizations saw the benefits of business agility under software control through rapid provisioning and automation, high availability, resource aggregation and management, scale-out clustering, disaster recovery as a service and live migration eliminating the need for planned downtime. And with that, virtualization became indispensable in the data center. Agility and the removal of friction from once-laborious tasks is a powerful proposition.
This is exactly why cloud computing has been such a powerful business enabler - because the end result is the same. When it’s all said and done, the ability to enable increased business agility is the critical, central component driving both virtualization and cloud adoption. To be clear, what we’re seeing happen today with the cloud is at a much larger scale, with a much greater impact, than what took place when the virtualization market was developing - but the drivers are the same.
Over the past decade, cloud computing has truly disrupted the technology industry, fundamentally altering the way businesses operate. And while the cloud revolution may seem entirely unique, it’s important for us to understand that it may be following along the same path as previous disruptive technologies so that we can learn from successes and failures.
If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at Scott’s article already, please take the time to check it out. And if you find yourself nodding in agreement where he talks about the issues with cloud sprawl, I’d encourage you to get in touch with us for a discussion about how Embotics cloud automation solutions can help.