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Cloud Computing and Environment: Pragmatic Times need Pragmatic Data Hotels!


For long we have struggled with technologies. We have had a hard time knitting it all together and then we get to hear from these so called pioneers that the model just changed. And all the investments that were made to the data centers eventually were all wasted initiatives. These so called pioneers could very well save us from having our data centers shut down and us losing our businesses!





So why do we have to bury our current legacy data centers? Or to put it more mildly, why do we have to change the way we run our data centers. I will not delve too deep into this discussion, I'd rather want you to take a look at this presentation I gave in Africa, last year.



The case here is very simple. no long stories here, really if you need long stories go Google for stuff, read Wikipedia and search the web as to how it all can be done. I know here for one thing, we better start doing it now.

Why?

Data Centers are still being build up despite increasing oil and energy issues. Look at slide 6 , and imagine the amount of energy we spend and the amount of energy that is eventually used for computing. Add this all up, we are heading for a massive shutdown in no time. (Search for "Environment" and "Data Center" on this blog and you'll get some details on the buildup and environmental concerns around it)

So what does "Pragmatic Data Hotels" mean anyways?

Global warming, whether you agree or not that us humans are responsible for its acceleration, is here today. Monitoring it is one thing, doing something significant with our natural resources, then I mean other natural resources is another. With vulnerabilities, changing weather patterns and thus making it increasingly challenging to place all you bets and dollars on some data centers across the world.

And with Cloud Computing and applications scaling on the web, tools and technologies such as iPhone, Android etc and increasing bandwidths is making it easier to use a single device and enhance the consumers productivity. But we must stop supporting legacy technologies in those data centers that push all that information to the world.

The world of the 60's was similar, note not alike, as it kind of did things the same way. but today with the hybrid model, where we want to benefit from distributed computing, tasks which can be better outsourced to the consumers themselves such as defining and configuring their own UI, integrating their own apps using generic integrators and APIs and the need to have a customized, personal appliance/device at their disposal means that we will have to fundamentally change the ways how software and demand will twist our "old fashioned ways of doing things" within our data centers. somehow the consumer just changed that "our", it has become a collective our now, not anymore that data center owner's backyard.

Reusability and Sequestration is the key here



We have got to find ways to host our datasets on numerous forms of existing means so as to support mobility and still use better, smarter technologies. That way we will not only be able to balance the load that the data centers will be creating, we will be carving out a model for a pragmatic data hotel ,where datasets will be secured and encrypted and will hop from hub to hub. From a mobile bus to a Googleboat. Google is already working in that direction.




and eventually the datasets will be spread out across all existing infrastructures, such as above, you might have your typical electricity pole retaining some part of your data. Obviously the policy makers must ensure that stringent compliance and security measures must be put in place adn trust me, the breaches will be a lot more contained than our typical data thieves and mischief makers. (I won't get into this but the more I talk to my Cloud Computing/ Data Center friends, the more I get to know that it was an "inside job". as I said, we are not getting into security and compliance as of yet, we'll write another article on that)




So the future data centers should rather be called "Data Hotels" where the guests, compartmentalized multi-tenant datasets, will move from data center to data center. This is what the increasing bandwidths, and globalization is bound to provide us with. So in fact, the real platform here is the network. An effective GDM (global delivery model) will ensure that our datasets will move across continents to continents seamlessly.

And that is why we will need pragmatic data hotel approach, we have palced too many bets on a single mule, we are better off by spreading our risks across mobile vehicles in all shapes in order to combat the increasing demands on the wide-open mouths of those who are now joining the revolution.

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