Cloud Control

So I keep drawing pictures of "compute" clouds and they keep turning out rather boring. Perhaps boring in the sense that "where have I seen this before" or "how this this different from the last big IT silver bullet?" But I digress. In my world, the cloud has two distinct access points -- the user ingress/egress (also known as clients or the people that actually use the end service) and the "control" point. The control point is for administration activities. An administrator of the "cloud" could be someone deploying new applications, bringing up a new instance (though thats mostly automated these days) or performing some system or network admin tasks (like reconfiguration of a load balancing configuration.) I make these two control point distinctions logically -- they could all be provided over the public Internet and with very little access control or restrictions depending on what type of service you wanted to offer. I think Ning provides a great example of this. Using Ning I not only can use a social network provided by its "cloud" infrastructure, but I can create my own social network, define what types of applications or interfaces it can provide, etc. Again, there are two roles. User -- and Admin.
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