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HP Whitepaper: Five Myths About Cloud Computing

Picture of US Rep. Ed Iron Cloud III

State Rep. Ed Iron Cloud III (D-SD). Because his name is completely awesome and relevant to this post.

The Big Iron vs. Cloud Computing fight drags on.

Today, I was sent a new whitepaper from  Hewlett-Packard wrote “Five Myths About Cloud Computing”.  I thought it was pretty interesting, as vendor-supplied research goes.

I mean, sure, it’s a whitepaper from a cloud vendor. Because that’s where it comes from, the “sell” part of it is right in there — HP’s Cloud offerings are myriad and this paper is at least as much about spreading awareness of HP’s cloud services as it is about properly contextualizing the cloud for enterprise IT folks.

But instead of the expected across-the-board rah-rah, this paper starts by debunking a common myth about the cloud: its cost is not the lowest. “Myth One: The public cloud is the most inexpensive way to procure IT services”.

There’s a subtle twist to this framing: what HP is doing there is not claiming a cloud approach per se to be more expensive, but rather the “public” cloud — a term that can mean different things in different contexts, but in the context of HP talking to enterprise IT, means competing services like Amazon EC2.  More sell.

And of course, baked within this thinking is a statement that leads directly back to Big Iron the kind of app your’re running should determine your best delivery paradigm:

Here’s a surprising fact: For resources that are needed constantly, enterprises can actually reduce costs by leveraging other cloud models, such as shared resources delivered via a private cloud. In cases like this, the private cloud actually is more cost-efficient than even the pay-as-you-use public cloud model. An analogy is the decision to rent or buy a car. For short-term use, a car rental is cost-effective because you pay based on what you consume. However, if you drive frequently and for a longer term, then owning a vehicle makes better financial sense. And beyond
price, there are other important issues to consider such as performance, security, compliance, service-level agreements, and availability.

Nothing surprising about that to the mainframe community! Performance, compliance, security, availability are our enduring strengths; we don’t fear comparison in any cloud context.

What’s the story in your shop?  Who’s advocating moving critical applications to the cloud, and how goes the discussion?

If you’d like to read the whole HP whitepaper, you can grab a copy here.