In an off the record briefing from the new CEO of VMware, RTFM education is the first blog to annouce a new inovation called VMware vRainbows. vRainbows is VMware’s take on the cloud concept. You see clouds are easy to draw on whiteboards, but they have negative connotations such a storm clouds, darking clouds – plus the other worry is the cloud concept is a bit fluffy – or what’s known to experts in the field like me “Fluffy Clouds”. The worry is that people might not see how concrete a cloud actually is – and the idea of concrete clouds lets just say doesn’t really “fly”….
So VMware have revolutionized clouds as they have revolutionize server provisioning and desktops. In the new VMware vRainbow manager – you get cloud icons, but when you cloud is performing well it is indicated by rainbow and the sun. The cloud is white and fluffy and all is right in the world. But when your experiencing performance problems – the rainbow disappears – the cellphone rings – and the cloud changes from white to grey – if your performance problems persist then little yellow lightening strikes appear. Anyway, as you might suspect this is a spoof announcement and I count myself as cloud skeptic. You see at the end of rainbow there is always a pot-of-gold – trouble is you never find the end of the rainbow do you?
Clouds? Amphorous; Vapourous; Insubstanial; Ever-changing; Trouble is when your in cloud-cookcoo land you cannot see where you going and you cannot see the sky or earth.
So less marketing hype please and more concrete technology….. Please! Just because everyone else is jumping on the cloud bandwagon doesn’t mean you do!
[I might rue the day I write this! Just like when Bill Gates dismissed the internet as mere hype. If clouds do become TNBT (the next big thing) I will just delete this post and pretend I invented the whole darn thang]