Moving your software to a cloud vendor has always been an act of faith. You believe the vendor will honor their promises, fulfil the SLA and stay in business.
That’s why many are choosing the big names like Amazon, Microsoft and Google.
Oracle wants to extend its brand into Cloud computing as well, but they are not even on Gartner’s radar, and with their recent decision to double the cost of running Oracle on Amazon, they are not endearing themselves to customers.
No matter which cloud vendor you choose, make sure that you establish an exit strategy in advance. You need to be able to keep your systems running even if your cloud vendor suddenly folds. That means that you need to establish a procedure to continually transfer data from your cloud to a third part (or back to yourself). Don’t get stuck in the cloud.
Even a billionaire like Larry Ellison has to cut his losses at some point, and Oracle has finally given up on SPARC and Solaris. With Oracle laying off 450 people at its hardware division in Santa Clara, it seems that the idea of building super-powerful “software in silicon” chips is dead. The Solaris roadmap also no longer feature a release 12, but instead a maintenance-looking Solaris11.next.
In my popular “Everything that’s wrong with IT” presentation, I use various technical gadgets as examples of the traps we tend to fall into when developing IT.
My favorite example of too much technology for technology’s sake has been my internet-connected socks. Unfortunately, these RFID-equipped wonder socks were discontinued after I started making fun of them. But I think I’ve just found a new favorite: A bluetooth-equipped hair brush.
This brush is so advanced that it can’t even be called a brush – it is a “hair coach.”