I guess it shouldn’t be surprising how much confusion there still is about cloud computing. Those of us that are living and breathing IT and cloud are really at a push to keep up with the vast array of options, definitions and perspectives that the industry commentators, vendors and customers are constantly coming up with (me included).
And just when you think you’ve got it sorted; some clever beggar comes up with yet another solution or perspective that you need to get your head around.
So I’m always pleased when I find an analogy or explanation that helps me understand the context of what’s happening in the cloud computing market.
Just the other day I read an interesting blog by Gregor Petri (Research Director at Gartner).
He’s used a great analogy to compare the expectations we might have of a cloud provider’s services with the level of service we get (or don’t get) from restaurants and supermarkets, in that some cloud providers offer raw ingredients in a ‘supermarket type’ service – and others cater for those who require a full service experience, like you would get in a restaurant.
This really resonated with me, and I’m sure if you’ve ever tried to understand what’s included or not included in a cloud service (or have ever assumed what you would get) then his view on this will appeal to you too. (…or perhaps I just like it because it’s about food?)
He also uses the analogy to explore the emerging context of cloud brokerage and DR. You can find the full blog here.