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#CloudFail: Six pitfalls to avoid with enterprise cloud deployment
by Navrup Johal

Navrup Johal, September 24, 2012

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Recently, our CEO Bart Copeland penned an article for GigaOM regarding his thoughts on cloud and paas. Here's an excerpt:

Done right, the enterprise cloud reduces IT overhead, delivers scalability, fosters innovation, and improves the way enterprises work. And that can save time and money.

You’ve heard the cloud marketing spiel … faster, better, cheaper. Those are seductive adjectives. But for some organizations, cloud benefits like that can remain out of reach. Cloud Computing is just so…new, and as some industry experts have oh-so-astutely noted, “much can go wrong.” And that’s reason enough for many to fear cloud computing.

Read on to learn more about incorporating the cloud into your business today, avoiding #cloudfail, and planning for the future.

Also, if you're going to be in Amsterdam in a few weeks, check out Bart's talk on "The Evolution of Private PaaS" at the GigaOM Structure Europe event.

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Navrup is a Product Marketing Manager at ActiveState. She is responsible for the developing and executing the marketing strategy and product positioning for Stackato. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

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6 comments for #CloudFail: Six pitfalls to avoid with enterprise cloud deployment
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I've been a developer in the software industry for 30 years.

Does anyone know what a Communist is? Cloud computing is for airheads and communists.

Why? WHO OWNS THE DISK DRIVE WHERE ALL THE DATA IS STORED? IF YOU DON'T OWN THE DISK DRIVE, then WHO owns your data? Who owns the electricity (or pays the bills)

Or, in other words, do you own your own data anymore? NOPE. Computing, today, is full of clueless dribes who are paid to promote systems security and integrity as a reason TO GIVE AWAY *YOUR* ENTIRE FARM (of data) you and/or your company has. It's the con job of the century.

(Dumpster diving is the business of gangsters who took over trash dumping operations in major cities -- to sniff your garbage for anything of value.)

Think about it. If you're a dumpster diver, already... then, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

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As a Communist and clueless dribe I can confirm this.

I have to disagree about it being the cron job of the century though, as crontab does not support multi-year scheduling.

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Happy Halloween! Thanks for the great costume idea; a dumpster diving communist in a cloud should make me the hit of the neighborhood.

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But seriously, this does raise a point that is quite relevant to Stackato and "private PaaS" in general:

If you want to keep complete control of your data from beginning to end, you can't really use a public PaaS (or even public cloud hosting).

The primary target users of Stackato are enterprises who want to provide a deployment platform in their own data centers. We try not to be quite this alarmist in our messaging, because many of our customers have no problem hosting in the public cloud. However, we do understand the fundamental problem of handing over the proverbial farm. Thanks for your post.

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>>> . We try not to be quite this alarmist in our messaging, because many of our customers have no problem hosting in the public cloud. <<<

That's because their thinking has been clouded by all the marketing propaganda. Companies spend millions on shredding paper but are being herded to put backups of the electronic copy on the internet? The dumbing down of America. We're doomed.

Larry Ellison was correct: "The cloud? What the hell is that? IT'S A SERVER!" "Private Cloud" is still "client/server" with a new marketing slogan to compete against the billions in "cloud" scoundrels.

Basically, "Private cloud" is "client/server" HTTP/SOAP/REST on port instead of RPC. "Private" or "Public" -- both are just marketing ploys to perpetuate the con -- simply known as the "cloud."

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Food for thought:

We are technical professionals. We are paid for our knowledge and skill as experts to look out for our client/employer/customer's best interests. Today, that's a tall order.

With that in mind, consider the total horsepucky about "cloud computing" vs. the deplorable condition of data theft, identity theft/fraud, espionage, and privacy. Yet, many (the technical engineers) advise our own client/employer/customer to "give everything away." Wanna buy a good used car?

Buy a good antivirus to prevent data theft, firewalls to keep the bad guys outside, hire the best programmers to write solid code, and the best CISPA pros to guide you to keep your data inside... while the same moron-CISSP tells you to store your backups on Bernie Madoff's new cloud server farm (housed in Russia) while operating it all from the basement of the Federal Prison???

The "cloud" promoters are turning the profession into a sick joke. But, hey! Al Gore invented the internet, right?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO STORE YOUR BMW IN MY GARAGE? ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS PARK IT WHENEVER YOU WANT AND LEAVE ME THE KEYS! I'll even back it up for you and store it somewhere else, too! Smell the smell, yet? (There's a day of reckoning coming.)