I read with great excitement Buck Woody’s latest blog post at the weekend, http://bit.ly/bGRJd2, where he tells of his movement in Microsoft from a SQL Server focussed role to a new position in the Azure team. Buck has a reputation built up over a decade of being a SQL Server and data specialist, and is a key influencer at Microsoft on SQL Server’s personality and capabilities. Some may feel that this is a side-step for Buck, that working on Microsoft’s Azure technologies is deviating from what he’s good at etc etc.
As Buck quite rightly says and I truly believe, this is the first of many changes in the IT industry where we must stop looking at how we’ve always done things and begin considering how we adopt cloud services.
There are two key phrases in my last paragraph. “How we adopt” is indicative of the pressure our technology vendors will being putting on us to adopt their cloud services. New features will only be available from the cloud version, new services might only be available in cloud form, let alone the technical and commercial benefits of usage based billing use and instant spin up/spin down etc.
The second is “cloud services”. We are now seeing true public and private cloud services available, and more importantly being deployed. Gone are the days of 2008/9 when everyone had their own definition of cloud computing, when everything seemed to be a cloud service, we now have true cloud computing. Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Rackspace are just some examples of vendors delivering pay-per-use software, platform and infrastructure as a service. If this is new to you then read some of the case studies here http://bit.ly/bXWflv as your starter for ten.
Buck’s role of understanding how, where and when to use cloud services will be key to transforming the minds of IT individuals who have not get grasped the concept of public, private and hybrid clouds. Hopefully he will give great examples of hybrid clouds being deployed right now as realistically true public cloud adoption will never happen, but that does not mean we can’t benefit from the great work cloud providers are now doing.