I am on vacation for a couple of weeks and so have reached back into the "Energy Matters" blog for a few posts that are worth a second read. This was first posted in June, 2009.
In all the talk of cloud -public or private - I have seen little about potential benefits to IT sustainability and energy efficiency. But here’s a clear opportunity to have another of those happy coincidences. Help lower both IT costs and environmental impacts. Improve performance at the same time.
The cloud foundation concepts are pretty straightforward. (Hmm, clouds with foundations – how’s that for a strike at traditional thinking?) A private cloud extends the virtues of virtualization. Abstract the IT capabilities from the physical infrastructure, make IT a service that can be easily scaled and flexed. In the process buy fewer resources utilize them more fully and service production spikes with federated resources.
Execution can be admittedly tricky since we are now dealing with both virtual and physical environments. Paradoxically, that means more simplicity and more complexity at the same time.
Among other things, simpler means fewer devices to pay for and operate. It also means easier access. A great example is those customers who have instituted self-service offerings that enable internal users to virtually provision, use and decommission their own IT resources.
Nothing to buy. No time waiting. Log in and go.
Still, behind the scenes it must all be seamlessly knit together. New ways of thinking, new process and change.
Complexity and change can slow progress. Add multiple complexities together, lace them with discomforting challenges to long held operating assumptions, and place them into a context of economic and political crisis.
Are we having fun yet?
I have had several recent conversations with customers about the linkage of IT efficiency challenges with private cloud and our universal concerns for sustainability in both environmental and business contexts.
I’ve seen great interest in understanding our potential to blend the benefits of private cloud to promote efficiency and sustainability interests simultaneously.
That’s a worthwhile challenge all around.