Sep 3, 2008

Cloud Computing & Infrastructure Impact

It's been a while, i wrote a blog entry. It was a busy summer with vacation, back-to-school, new 1.0 product releases,etc... Hopefully, I should be able to write regularly here onwards, as the trees started shedding leaves!

I was thinking hard about "CC" & II(cloud computing & infrastructure impact) in the summer and thought of sharing some of my experiences!

There is no better time than today to blog about it, as we all just started using the Google's new browser.

Why Chrome? What is the II of CC? Is there any fundamental architecture changes needed? What about security? What about reliability?

There are so many questions... IMO, Cloud Computing does have great impact on the old infrastructure.

The simple reason is that Web1.0 was built on "Client/Server" architecture with a browser front end. It was the same client/server infrastructure which was built 20 years back and modified to spit out HTML/HTTP to the browsers. This thin web layer created ton's of patches & proprietary agents in the under lying infrastructure. It's funny that even the widely-used web server got the name from " a patchy" server to NCSA HTTPD. (Apache)

In the current generation, whether you call it as Web 2.0 or Cloud Computing or what ever buzz word, you like...these patches & proprietary agents are replaced with "true" web scale computing. For example OpenID.

So, it's NO MORE just HTML/HTTP to the browsers. It's more than's about any-type of applications talking to any-type of interface to applications...SLA over web is becoming critical...transaction-oriented business applications in addition to the consumer apps...SaaS is becoming mainstream...2 way web with blogs & wiki's...service oriented communications....platform as service...scale, security & reliability becomes critical...the list goes on & on.

The old client/server infrastructure is getting replaced by the new real web infrastructure and is laying foundation for the next 10 years of Cloud Computing.

It's an interesting time in the web infrastructure space, to support the evolving cloud computing.


At 9/04/2008 7:40 AM, Blogger Lori MacVittie said...


Great questions, and very relevant ones at that. The impact on infrastructure is a question very few seem willing to answer, after all - it's "in the cloud" and not something most folks want to worry about. But for cloud providers, and even enterprises dabbling in mini-clouds, the question of the impact on infrastructure and the ability of the infrastructure to support a cloud computing initiative is huge.


At 9/04/2008 9:00 AM, Blogger Uday said...

I completely agree with you.

It's like airplanes- everyone knows about Boeing or Airbus and wants the comfort of it but don't know about the engine manufacturer[1] of airplanes.


At 9/04/2008 5:08 PM, Blogger Dan D. said...

By Dan D. Gutierrez
CEO of

I agree. Today's cloud computing efforts are indeed laying a long term foundation for computing. When my firm launched the web's first Database-as-a-Service in 1999, that's exactly what we had in mind.


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