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Private Cloud... Really?
What Bill Murray in Caddyshack teaches about Private Clubs
By: Brian McCallion
Dec. 17, 2012 11:30 AM
Surveys report that companies fear the Public Cloud. Sure enough there's much to fear. Those of us who follow the media know how in a movie like Caddyshack even at a fancy private golf club an innocent little candy bar can result in a stampede of people desperate to exit the pool and a punch line depicting Bill Murray all decked out in a Hazmat suit. So if something like that can happen in a private club pool, imagine where a public pool event might lead? Fukushima comes to mind. Oh, wait, I'm sorry. Tokyo Electric was a Private company. Bad example.
If Private Cloud were possible, it would already exist. Vendors will gladly sell you every single technology necessary to achieve it--and have been doing so for years. IT departments love to buy that stuff, but never get around to actually installing it or using it. It reminds me a little of those most excellent Monster.com SuperBowl ads of yore.
To bring this video up to date, just add, "When I grow up, I want to negotiate multi-million dollar enterprise software licenses, and then just keep the software on-the-shelf and never install it."
What's the Secret?
ABCD (A-Always B-be C-Closing D-Datacenters)
Cloud is all about scale. And you don't have the scale to make it work. And the people who could make it work, don't want to work for you. They want to be a part of a larger dream and that dream is the Public Cloud where all the excitement and action is going on. You can't just put a new skin on an old data center. My favor / advice to you? As Alec Baldwin cries out in Glengarry Glen Ross, "the real favor, follow my advice and fire [them] . . . because a loser is a loser."
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