Virtualization for 'Cloud' vs. "Traditional" Virtualization

My, my...I just looked back and it has been almost exactly 6 months since my last post to this blog. The time has gone fast as we've been working hard on a number of things here ranging from the Virtual Iron acquisition integration (going nicely, thanks...) to a number of other projects that I'll talk about over the next few posts. I plan to get back into blogging much more regularly as I did all during the Spring.

I want to talk about implementing virtualization for 'Cloud' architectures vs. implementing it for "traditional" virtualization. Last week, several of us from Oracle presented at the Cloud Computing Expo as to our perspectives on what's important for Clouds and, in particular, private clouds with just a little bit on how Oracle products do- or will fit into that including our ability to provide a lot of capabilities at basically every layer of the stack, whether we're talking software as a service, platform-as-a-service, or infrastructure-as-a-service.

My session was about thoughts on the infrastructure layer and specifically, what should you consider when planning to implement virtualization to support Cloud capabilities vs. what you may have already done to support more "traditional" virtualization goals.

There's a link to my presentation farther below (PDF download), but before I send you there, I want to mention an interesting Technical Report from UC Berkeley's Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Lab or "RAD Lab". I quoted the report a couple of times in my preso and I found it to be a thoughtful and accessible discussion of the technical, operational, and economic aspects of cloud computing and, in particular, public clouds. You can find that report here (but if you click this link, don't forget to come back!...)

Funny story: so about 30mins before I presented, I ran into a colleague and asked him how the show was going because I had not yet attended any sessions and he said "Pretty good but the irritating thing is that everyone starts out with 'What is the Cloud?". Hmm. Well. Uh...Glad I didn't do that!..heh... I said nervously while quickly trying to decide if I could sneak away to quickly change my intro. Well, it was too late to change so I just plowed ahead to a standing-room only crowd. Take a look and let me know what you think:


UPDATE:  Barton George, the Cloud Computing Evangelist at Dell posted a video interview he did with me at the conference.  You can see it on YouTube or on his blog

Hi, I'm very glad and interested from hearing Oracle very very soon for providing Open-Source CLOUD Virtualization Management like OpenQRM or Economaly for Oracle VM. I'm happy to use Oracle VM and OEL. Regards, Dennis, RHCE

Posted by Dennis, RHCE on November 18, 2009 at 08:47 PM PST #

Cloud has little to do with technology and is all about a new economic model for computing resources. I agree with your main criteria but are also missing a few from our view. One thing I noticed is that your focus is mainly on server virtualization. While the cloud approach does provide benefit here the larger "long-tail" problem comes from the storage side. Storage Clouds and technologies that enable public and private clouds will drive this economic shift as this is where the large scale economic problems reside. Dealing with this tsunami of data is todays challenge. Does Oracle have a strategy to tackle this?

Posted by Jason McDermott on February 03, 2010 at 10:59 PM PST #

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