One chart in Frankovsky's presentation popped out: a stacked bar chart that showed the current proportion of data center infrastructure split about 50/50 between enterprise IT and "at scale" providers like Facebook. In some indeterminate year in the future, the chart shows enterprise IT slipping slightly and at-scale deployments doubling.
By Frankovsky's own admission, this was a made-up chart. But I get the general idea and I agree with it. The shift to deployments at scale is all about the shift to the public cloud, not just for social networks like Facebook, but for enterprise and consumer applications as well. It's a theme that, coming from a completely different place, was echoed by Oracle's Mark Hurd in my interview with him last week right after the announcement of the Oracle Public Cloud.
Recently I was chatting with InfoWorld's Paul Venezia about the march to the public cloud. He believes some gargantuan failure or other disastrous event will stop the trend in its tracks. Perhaps so. But at this point, although the pace of change with enterprise computing is slow, and there are plenty of exceptions and obstacles along the way, I can't see anything else to stop the migration skyward.
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