I’ve been looking at public cloud offerings informally for a while and while I appreciate the case for a full cloud infrastructure, it will be quite some time before large enterprise datacenters can realistically retool everything for the cloud. Sure, small startups can very successfully have large parts if not all of their IT services in the cloud but there are still too many barriers for larger organizations with large investments in “in-house” IT resources.
My initial thoughts were that there could be an opportunity for hybrid clouds that can provide organizations with excess capacity on demand. This would be a great way to augment datacenters with cloud bursting opportunities and introduce organizations to cloud offerings with low risk. Of course, accomplish this, enterprises will need to build infrastructures that are compatible with public clouds.
The problem is that none of the (admittedly small sample) of private cloud infrastructures that I’ve looked at use the same APIs as their public cloud counterparts. Until now that is …
Here’s an interesting announcement from Eucalyptus and Terracotta that essentially provides the management tools and a private cloud infrastructure that uses the same APIs as the Amazon AWS. This is a good start and I hope and expect to see more offerings that make it easy to build hybrid cloud solutions.
I expect that MS will soon announce on-premises availability of the Azure platform.