As a Solutions Architect with over 25 years of experience, I have participated in a large number of requests for information/proposals (RFI/RFP) and other technology evaluations. Often these evaluations include extended long and detailed lists of requirements and features. Due to my deep industry experience, I can easily recognize some patterns in how these lists are created. These lists are either based on the market leaders’ datasheets or information from 3rd party research documents that heavily draw from the market leaders’ datasheets. We can easily identify a circular loop of information which can lead to a few problems:
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Lately, there has been in increase in IT organizations migrating their traditional virtualization workloads to open-source platforms such as Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) . Although there are many reasons for migrating (e.g. cost, features), one key advantage stands out for the open source alternatives. Organizations are now seeing the viability of building on the same platform to integrate open source cloud solutions with traditional applications. No single platform is optimized for each workload type or tier. Not only do organizations get to take advantage of the fast innovation of open source, but they also realize significant cost savings.
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Cloud conversations are evolving at a seemingly ever increasing pace. In my experience, nearly all “…what is the cloud?” type conversations have long since past. In fact, for some organizations, private and public clouds are now central to daily business operations. For the both the early and late majority, however, their (usually large) install base of traditional applications makes the cloud far from reality. These organizations tend to have significant investments in proprietary virtualization, management, and operations technologies, and it’s not a given that these applications are cloud ready (today). While many proprietary technology vendors offer re-packaged versions of existing products to create a thin veil of “cloudiness” – this style of cloud enablement usually comes at a heavy price
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