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Five fallacies of cloud computing
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of August 2010, Vol. 25
An old college buddy called me last week. He works for a manufacturer who sells a product into data centers (among other markets) and he wanted a data center professional's insight into "this whole cloud thing." It seems a colleague of his is trying to convince his whole company to prepare for the cloud computing paradigm shift, where "everything will exist within about ten huge data centers." I have to admit, I laughed when I heard that. My friend wanted to know what impact cloud computing will have on the future. "Is what this guy's saying really going to happen?" In my answer, I went over how much of the thinking and hype surrounding cloud computing is built upon fallacies while ignoring the market realities. Let me outline those fallacies here. Could computing fallacy #1: New technology always supersedes old technology I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard or read something akin to "Everything will move to the cloud." The basis of this statement is a deeply held fallacy in the minds of so many people who follow ...
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