Is Ubuquitous Utility Computing Inevitable?



  • http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/theres-no-future-in-premises-it-its-time-move-the-cloud-238610

    Everyone has been talking about it for years, is the move to the cloud the only way that IT can play out in the future?



  • @scottalanmiller I don't thinks so. Yes there's going to be a shift, but it's a shift of scale. It's like having HO trains to play with, then suddenly getting access to a real locomotive and some trackage to run it on. You still have a locomotive and some cars either way, just one's bigger than the other.



  • It's more of the present than the future. Private cloud's already becoming more and more mainstream as the cost of VDI implementation decreases. Sure, some of the data-heavy and graphics-heavy processes like CAD will stay much as they have been, but it's commonplace, if not soon to be the standard to have one's IT infrastructure off in either public cloud such as AWS or Azure, or have a private cloud in a datacenter or colo somewhere else. There may be an extension of that infrastructure in the office, such as a local DC/DFS replica server. IT's still doing the same things it always has, which are keeping the systems running optimally for the business, supporting users, training and developing the userbase, and helping choose technology to help the company grow and perform. The where and how of it have just changed a bit.

    With the exception of manufacturing and companies dealing in physical items, the office isn't the company anymore. It's just where people come to work. Keeping legacy infrastructure around goes against that culture shift.



  • I do think that local server will pretty much dry up and blow away. I do not see VDI getting as common in the SMB space as it will be/is in the enterprise space. It will definitely be felt in the SMB space, but just not going to get huge. Now all of the LoB applications will be shifted with the servers, but a lot of the SMB will still use desktops, just lower power ones with longer retention.



  • @JaredBusch said:

    I do think that local server will pretty much dry up and blow away. I do not see VDI getting as common in the SMB space as it will be/is in the enterprise space. It will definitely be felt in the SMB space, but just not going to get huge. Now all of the LoB applications will be shifted with the servers, but a lot of the SMB will still use desktops, just lower power ones with longer retention.

    I'm actually seeing VDI more in the SMB space just because SMBs are extremely vulnerable to advertising whereas enterprises tend to research and make sure that they understand the purpose before investing in an architecture. It is a rare Fortune 500 that I hear talking VDI seriously but very common for an SMB where it makes zero sense to talk about it like they'd be stupid to even take the time to check it if makes sense for them.



  • @Nara said:

    With the exception of manufacturing and companies dealing in physical items, the office isn't the company anymore. It's just where people come to work. Keeping legacy infrastructure around goes against that culture shift.

    That's very true. It's amazing how so many people are missing that.


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