The line between private data centers and public clouds is blurring

Remember that there was a clear difference between the public cloud and the systems you can see and touch in your data center? This is no longer the case.

The line between it and the traditional system is ambiguous. That means buying or licensing hardware and software, placing millions of dollars in sunk costs in your physical data center, and using a public cloud with flexibility, scalability, and instant provisioning. It means that.

Legacy or traditional systems have recently looked like clouds, and it’s no longer clear that they were once a clear decision. This is called the “cloud effect”.

Traditional software and hardware players have adopted many of the things that make public cloud computing attractive. This includes hardware and software pay-as-you-go and contracts. It also includes public cloud connectivity systems that reside in the data center and are often referred to as edge clouds or microclouds such as Microsoft’s Azure Stack and AWS’s Outpost. This is no longer the clear path.

Is it good that this is blurry?

Everything that makes technology use more flexible and cheaper is a positive evolution, and this is the same. Recall that when we moved to PCs, we changed the way we leverage mainframe and minicomputer hardware and software. There is no difference in the effectiveness of the cloud, but it is a game changer that is about 100 times the technological change I have seen.

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