When Did Lawyers Become Technologists?

The current cloud computing debate centers on whether the Public Cloud can be trusted.  Can IT infrastructure start with a private cloud and migrate later?  The private cloud advocates cite concerns such as security, control and adherence to compliance requirements as their primary reasons for not utilizing the public cloud. Clearly, cloud security is in question. But who should make the decision within your organization?

I was amazed to have an attendee at a major industry conference tell me: “his lawyers would never let him use the public cloud”.  My question was –“when did lawyers become technologists?”

Cloud Paradigm Shift

It is universally recognized that there is a major paradigm shift occurring driven by the new usage based pricing model of Cloud Computing.  Just 5 years ago SaaS was perceived as not being financially viable.  Indeed, the Public Cloud has become one of the primary approaches to utilizing mission critical applications.

CIOs around the world are now including Cloud Computing in their future planning. They are trying to determine which Cloud environments should be adopted that make the most sense for their infrastructure requirements. Leading CIOs are allocating resources to determine the most cost effective and scalable cloud investments.

Cloud Phobias and Facts

The fact is that a lot of the fears regarding public clouds are coming from those who do not understand technology.  It’s important to know the facts.

The largest companies in the industry are investing billions of dollars in creating cloud platforms that include state of the art hardware, networking and security. These companies include IBM, Microsoft, HP, Rackspace and Amazon.

The private clouds cannot possibly invest enough money to remain competitive with the capabilities and security that are available in public clouds. In addition as a result of economies of scale, public clouds are the leaders in establishing and implementing compliance standards.

This is also an industry where it’s really all about the applications and solutions. There will be a far more extensive SaaS application catalogue available for the public cloud than for a portfolio of private clouds all of which have implemented their own custom stack.

Let’s face it, application developers have always followed the money…

About the author

Bob Miller: Bob is a strong technology leader with over thirty years of experience in both Fortune 500 companies and private start-ups. He has a successful track record with over 20 years of experience as a CEO and Board Member, driving new product and business development, sales and marketing, channel management and product management efforts. Mr. Miller's experience includes taking companies from zero revenue to IPO or successful acquisition. Before joining CloudPrime, Bob was the chief executive officer of ONStor Inc., a company that developed and sold award winning file management solutions to large enterprises. ONStor was acquired by LSI Corp. in 2009. Prior to ONStor, Bob was the Founder and CEO of Slam Dunk Networks, the company whose technology CloudPrime acquired in 2009. Slam Dunk Networks operated the Internet's first and only global infrastructure to guarantee delivery and tracking of transaction messages. Before Slam Dunk, Mr. Miller was the CEO of MIPS, the creator of the industry's first 64bit microprocessor. At MIPS, Bob spearheaded the company's initial public offering and subsequent purchase by SGI (formerly Silicon Graphics). Bob has also held Senior Executive Management positions at Data General and at IBM. Bob has been awarded 6 patents, holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and an M.S. in Thermodynamics from Stanford University and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has been a founding investor and a Board Member in a number of successful companies including MIPS, Silicon Graphics, BeVocal, Rasna, Contivo and Vitesse. Bob is also a Life Trustee of the Urban Institute.


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