"Now that we have SLAs that are tied to external customers, it's a whole different ball game for us," Baker notes. "When we host these things, the ability to scale in the same footprint with minimal disruption is critical. It's mostly about streamlining delivery, and stretching performance and scalability, and leveraging our operational efficiencies." Currently, Qualcomm's sysadmin-to-server ratio is 520 to 1.
Ultimately, the Qualcomm "Qloud" will be about flexibly distributing hardware resources to on-demand services, as well as being able to manage the loads depending on business needs. Clark says the next step is creating software that can provision an application very easily and push it across different operating systems throughout the datacenter -- and depending on the load, even across datacenters worldwide. In other words, to do the same thing for applications that server virtualization has done for operating systems.
"Now we're looking two to three years ahead," Clark says. "We're really pushing forward to be ahead of the industry to where we think it's going to be, so that we're there before them."
And if it saves Qualcomm a few million dollars, that wouldn't be a bad thing, either.
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