Keeping the Faith

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-07-21 Print this article Print

These incidents haven't happened often enough for companies to turn away completely. Accidents happen, and generally companies have been forgiving. But how many incidents like this will it take for enterprises to lose faith in the cloud? After all, as storage farms get up into the thousands of nodes, the software and networking get very, very complicated-and the possibility of a breakdown becomes greater as the I/O burdens get heavier.

Sajai Krishnan, CEO of ParaScale-a startup that makes software that connects siloed servers into cloud-type computing architectures using Red Hat Linux-told me that is doing "great" with its new service overall but that it has "undertaken a degree of difficulty even higher than what Google has done."

Krishnan continued, "Google has been pushing the envelope of technology, but everything is inside, so no one gets to see this. Amazon, on the other hand, is opening up their system for more general-use service so more people can use it. So the challenge they have undertaken is not a simple task."

These kinds of outages, frankly, don't surprise people because companies like and Google are pushing the envelope in terms of scale, Krishnan said. Accidents are going to happen, no matter what.

What people need to know is that you don't need to have a cloud that spans the globe to realize the benefits of it, Krishnan said.

"One of the key takeaways [from this event] is that you can get the economies of scale with much more deployment, without really have to take on the challenges of this kind of scale," Krishnan said. "The curve eventually starts flattening out in terms of benefits ... you really don't have to be Google- or Amazon-scale to realize the benefits [of the online storage service]."

Enterprises can even build their own IT system "clouds" by pooling resources and not have to worry about relying on an outside service to handle their business data.

Krishnan said he believes that over time we'll be seeing many more online service providers, but their offerings will be on a much smaller scale than the huge cloud services whose infrastructures might be beginning to crack under the strain of billions of transactions per day.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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