This post is part of a series based on a presentation I did to the London VMware User Group on February 25th, 2010 about the reality of Enterprise scale internal cloud platforms. To find other posts in the series, just look for the tag “Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth”.
With all the hype surrounding Cloud, it’s easy to lose your head when planning what your first release is going to offer. Well maybe not you, but other people around you who aren’t as grounded will almost certainly lose theirs. “ZOMG we’ll have vMotion to Amazon and single click clone-to-new-VM for production workloads BOOM! HEADSHOT!!!”. Calm down, Doug. You should always remember Gall’s Law, which in a nutshell says any complex system that works is bound to have evolved from a simple system that worked. Amen to that. It’s also worth remembering that simple does not necessarily mean easy, of course as Einstein said “It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience.” (ie make it as simple as possible, but no simpler).