With loads of rhetorical flying around the internet on cloud computing these days it’s refreshing when clients start showing the “that just makes sense” sign. A few days back I was visiting a client discussing desktop virtualization, this particular client was a member of the desktop team at his company. Desktop virtualization discussions always migrate into the sacred territory of the data center. While discussing the data center components of desktop virtualization, this desktop architect had his “that just makes sense” moment.
While talking about the ESX hosts and the server VMs compared to the desktop VMs, the realization occured that it doesn’t matter what machine you run the VMs on:
“…in theory desktop VMs and server VMs could run on the same physical server. All those server resources are just there to run a work load, regardless of what the workload is…”
This is where I leaned back in my chair, smiled and said “That’s cloud computing”.
What was glorious about this moment is that here was a desktop architect realizing the power of an internal cloud back in the data center. Seeing a sign like this tells me that my next 6 months is going to be very busy indeed.
Many of them out there could had been done this for quite some time, but they might not realize it until the real explanation of cloud computing that really make most of the people understand today, they found themselves had been already be the internal cloud provider to their company. 🙂