Fermilab Computing Division

The Cloud Challenge

Full Title: The Cloud Challenge
Date & Time: 18 Feb 2010 at 13:00
Event Location: FCC2A/2B
Event Moderator(s):
Event Info: Speaker: LeRoy Budnik, KnowledgeTransfer.Net

Abstract:

We stand a point-in-time when most compute, network and storage components have matured, commoditized and reached performance levels that enable the Cloud model. Cloud is real, but it is also a challenge to make it real. Clouds, in their present state, offer simple, well defined services hidden by dash boards. As a design person, behind the dash board, we live by three rules: 80/20, security and simplicity. Simplicity yields repeatability and ultimately autonomic provisioning. Security stands without further comment. Meanwhile, the classic 80/20 rule yields acceptance of a lesser service than desired in exchange for rapid delivery or time-to-market.

In this session we will check language, discuss historical objectives and consider some of the obstacles as we prepare for cloud. In addition, we will do a drill down into cloud storage and the implications of autonomic provisioning. Along the way, there will be a war story or two.

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