Chris Hoff the most excellent theCUBE guest was inspired to write a post titled “The Cuban Cloud Missile Crisis…Weapons Of Mass Abstraction”. This was a topic that we discussed at length on SiliconANGLE.com’s theCUBE at VMWorld2012 – www.youtube.com/siliconangle
As John Furrier, Dave Vellante and I were discussing on theCUBE recently at VMworld 2012, there exists an uneasy standoff — a cold war — between the so-called “super powers” staking a claim in Cloud. The posturing and threats currently in process don’t quite have the world-ending outcomes that nuclear war would bring, but it could have devastating technology outcomes nonetheless.
In this case, the characters of the Americans, Soviets, Cubans and the United Nations are played by networking vendors, SDN vendors, virtualization/abstraction vendors, cloud “stack” projects/efforts/products and underlying CPU/chipset vendors (not necessarily in that order…) The rest of the world stands by as their fate is determined on the world’s stage.
If we squint hard enough at Cloud, we might find out very own version of the “Bay of Pigs,” with what’s going on with OpenStack.
The “community” effort behind OpenStack is one largely based on “industry” and if we think of OpenStack as Cuba, it’s being played as pawn in the much larger battle for global domination. The munitions being stocked in this tiny little enclave threatens to disrupt relations of epic proportions. That’s why we now see so much strategic movement around an initiative and technology that many outside of the navel gazers haven’t really paid much attention to.
Then there are players like Amazon Web Services who, like China of today, quietly amass their weapons of mass abstration as the industry-jockeying and distractions play on (but that’s a topic for another post).