Anyway, as we all know, Cloud Computing over the last few years has been positioned as an IT-version of Penicillin - it can fix all of our technical and budgetary problems in one MAGICAL experience...just give a Cloud provider your credit card, and your ills will simply melt away. Sure, our current IT operations and workflows may be clunky and weird, but if we migrate our stuff to THE CLOUD(!!!), we simply make that mess somebody else's problem, right?
And while we're dreaming here, let me go into my garage to dust off my Bugatti Veyron with a cloth baby diaper. Catrinel (Menghia) and I are driving it to the beach later today...
Back here in reality, we know (at least I HOPE) we should be rethinking how our IT operations can improve as we consider adopting something as transformative as THE CLOUD(!!!) into our collective worlds. And, while I recognize its value and eventual incredible benefits to just about any IT operation, there is one element I can't wrap my head around - the whacky, metered pricing model every provider seems to want to leverage to show how cheap Cloud(!!!) Computing can be. Think I'm crazy? Just look at some of the pricing matrices below from three prolific service providers:
And I thought this whole "Cloud(!!!)" thing was supposed to be simple...
To be fair to the service providers - they are simply giving us a pricing model we have screamed for lo, these many years. IT budget folks have always dreamt of a world where there are Unicorns, chocolate waterfalls, and only needing to pay for infrastructure that is precisely needed for the functions it supports. Unfortunately, the providers' initial stab at pricing is too granular, and reminds me of what mobile phone bills used to be based on back in the good old days. Remember those things? Monthly trips or calls to Verizon or Sprint to unravel their mysteries were regular planned family outings - "Hey kids! It's the third Thursday of the month! Who wants to visit our good friend Mr. Bob at the cell phone store then go out of Chuck E. Cheese?"
And that's a fair piece of advice to offer any of the Cloud(!!!) service providers out there - streamline your pricing models like the mobile providers are now doing...you're going to end up there, anyway.
Plus, then I could let poor Professor Hawking get back to more important things like validating String Theory and the existence of Tachyons :-).