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Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato (Part 7)

Posted on Monday, Aug 9th 2010

By guest author Shaloo Shalini

SM: In a private cloud you have more of an option of doing virtualization?

FB: The question is whether the private cloud will start following the same model or will it follow a different paradigm eventually, one that is more efficient in terms of resource utilization and resource sharing. If that is the case, what problem is that going to present in terms of coexistence of private and public clouds, and how are people going to deal with that problem?

SM: That is very interesting.

FB: I don’t know the answer, but there are some interesting questions here. It seems that if you look at vendors such as Eucalyptus and Enomaly, which are coming up with private cloud offerings, those look remarkably similar to the available public cloud offerings. This brings me back to my earlier point that there is opportunity to do something more here – reduce waste to make private cloud more efficient.

SM: Are there any other vendors that come to mind in the general domain of cloud computing that are doing interesting or unique thought-leadership-level work? Besides, say, salesforce.com of course, which pioneered the entire field?

FB: Yes, well, Salesforce was a cloud before clouds even existed. So far, as the service, I don’t think a lot of pioneering work is going on any more – in the sense that it is a fairly established model and it may be a question of when the packaged software providers are going to offer cloud services. We talked about e-mail as an obvious one. I have had limited visibility to some of the work that is happening at Oracle and SAP. I think they are going to come out with some offerings. You are correct in saying that it will take time for large organizations to adopt the cloud.

Some of the more interesting work is going on in PaaS at companies such as Heroku and Engineyard. The analyst projections for these may not look like a large market, but I find it quite an interesting paradigm. We are using it ourselves for development. It gives inherently the benefit of very efficient sharing similar to SaaS. I see that not only to running applications but to building more custom applications. So these are some of the pioneering companies that I think are interesting in cloud.

SM: Great! It has been interesting listening to your thoughts, and I appreciate your time. Thanks, Fred.

FB: Thanks.

This segment is part 7 in the series : Thought Leaders In Cloud Computing: Fred van den Bosch, CEO Of Librato
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