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Red Hat's Deltacloud at Tip of Epic Change

Sep 23, 2009, 06:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"These days, you must be careful when using the "E" word, because often as not, it's accompanied by its nemesis: the "F " word — as in "epic fail." Especially when talking about cloud computing. Plenty of arguments are made against the concept, like "It was done in the '60s with a different name and we've moved on," or "It's just the ASP model all over again, " or "It's not secure." And there's always the venerable old favorite: "It's not reliable."

"It's going to take more than a few ropey arguments to stop operating systems companies like Red Hat from moving toward a cloudy future. The first two arguments — about the '60s and ASPs — are pretty much true, but they aren't arguments against cloud computing at all. All they are really saying is that the concept was tried, but the technology and infrastructure required weren't up to it at the time. Big deal: Leonardo Da Vinci tried to make a helicopter back in the 15th century and failed, as he didn't have a suitable engine. It doesn't mean helicopters were destined never to work — just ask Igor Sikorsky."

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