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March 2014 Vol.5 / No.2

Portable, cloud-based virtual data centers? Sure, why not?

I'm wondering if the battle between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud platforms is even worthy of debate. That's because it seems that the ultimate goal of any IaaS platform is to give organizations the ability to abstract the data center and run its resources from anywhere, on any service. I'm asking a larger question: What happens when you are able perform a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion of the entire data center? Keith Townsend Let's fast forward the conversation around cloud computing by a few years. What happens when Moore's Law, which dictates that computing capabilities double every 18 months, catches up with cloud? There will be an unavoidable effect on cloud computing. If we draw an intersection between the virtual data center and cloud computing, we come up with a model of computing that's much more abstract than it is today. Today, we have to consider compute, network and storage compatibility as part of an organization's IaaS strategy. When we have complete abstraction, however, compatibility becomes ...

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