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Director, OpenShift Strategy at Red Hat. Founder of Rishidot Research, a research community focused on services world. His focus is on Platform Services, Infrastructure and the role of Open Source in the services era. Krish has been writing @ CloudAve from its inception and had also been part of GigaOm Pro Analyst Group. The opinions expressed here are his own and are neither representative of his employer, Red Hat, nor CloudAve, nor its sponsors.

3 responses to “Cloud Computing's Electricity Metaphor Has Outlived Its Usefulness?”

  1. paintrich

    Nice post. It might be that some are railing against the “oversimplification” between electrical utilities and cloud providers? While I don’t like oversimplifications either, I do agree that it’s a good starting point in understanding the possibilities – electrical utilities are infrastructure – pure and simple. Cloud is infrastructure as well. Most of the active discussions/topics are from the perspective of people supplying to or building “clouds”, so the perspective is one of the “transformer manufacturers” or the “wire suppliers” – a bit skewed and certainly removed from where the ultimate value will be. For now, though, the bulk of the value around clouds is in building, connecting to, securing, and enabling the deploying to/on clouds. In this landscape too much weight is given to developers, but over time, when an “average Josephine/Joe” can solve a problem and not have to think about the technology behind it, THAT’s when cloud will be at the value end of the scale…
    My two cents; no change required!

  2. wattersjames

    My point on twitter tonight to SamJ was pretty basic around this. If #cloudcomputing is a lot like electricity we should see an increasing level of standardization around compute, storage and networking options over time. Instead we have seen AWS release more exotic instance sized (64gig RAM) etc designed to work best for specific applications types and use cases. This is a simple, but deadly difference that ends the analogy dead in its tracks as far as I can tell. The only similarity remains part of the output being delivered over what resembles a wire.