Are you back? Great. First, I have to predicate that though I am a part of EMC (a very psyched up part at that), I am also a technologist at heart...always have been; always will. Just read my first post and you'll understand... Because of this, I am paying attention and evaluating things that go beyond what my company and its partners are focusing on and analyzing other contributors' endeavors and their subsequent results. Despite all of that, I gotta say, this VCE/Acadia/vBlock thing is a pretty compelling offering...
For the longest time, I have been putting quotation marks around the term "Cloud" whenever I write or speak to groups of folks about it. It's not that I discount its feasibility - I just think the term lacks any unification or standardization on what it specifically translates to from a tangible, "...hold in your hand" perspective in the datacenter. The vBlock Infrastructure Packages are just what the "Cloud" vernacular needed to put some boundaries around its intentions by integrating disparate pieces of the datacenter into a single, consumable unit. This unit can now allow a potential end user/consumer clearly envision what he or she is getting for the money being spent because...IT'S MEASURABLE!
Now, I don't want to toot my own horn here, but since this is MY blog anyway, I mentioned something like this in an e-mail about two months ago to a bunch of my colleagues:
"For “Cloud Computing” to go from abstract concept to a tangible (thus marketable!) deliverable, somebody needs to come up with a unit of measurement for it.
And, whoever does this OWNS the market.
Think about it – everything we buy is in some form of measurable unit. Houses are sold by the square foot, electricity by the Kw/h, hard drives by the GB/TB, and alcohol by the, well, the stuff I buy is buy the “XXX Jug” :-).
At any rate, hopefully you get my point, because what I am suggesting is not an easy task to complete. Its calculation and subsequent nomenclature must be based on a multi-dimensional formula that involves petaflops, TB, some form of security measurement, probably an SLA-based number, etc. However, I stand by my theory that if “Cloud” is going to be understood in the industry, it will need a unit of measurement and avoid articles like this one that are all too common (I know – The Register is hit or miss):
And Acadia's vBlock is the first stab at validating my prediction. Granted, I know there are lots of unknowns about it right now related to pricing, security, availability, capability, etc. - at least it's a START in that somebody has drawn a line in the sand and declared, "This is how we will measure things." Nevertheless, I am exited to be on the 50 yard line as it begins to take shape and other companies like HP, Dell, Brocade/Foundry, and Netapp counter the announcement with their offerings...
First in wins, fellas! Good luck to all non-Acadia-participating entrants.
Kind of :-).