The Cloud: Capable Vs. Functional
I know what you’re thinking, yet another car analogy, but bear with me; I think you’ll like it…eventually.
When I was a kid, like around 11 or 12, during the summers I would ride my bike into town to go to the municipal pool to hang out with friends and basically have fun. On my way to the pool I used to ride past a garage and body shop in my neighborhood and sometimes I would stop to look around.
One day I found it had a back lot where there were a bunch of cars parked amongst the weeds, broken concrete and gravel. I don’t remember thinking about why the cars were there except that maybe they were in various states of repair (or disrepair as the case may be…lots of rust, not a lot of intact glass) or that they were just forgotten about and left to slowly disintegrate and return to nature.
Back then I do remember that I was seriously on the path toward full-on car craziness as I was just starting to dream of driving, feeling the wind in my hair (yeah, it was that long ago) and enjoying the freedom I imagined it would bring. I was a huge fan of “Car Toons” which was sort of the Mad Magazine of cars and basically lusted after hot rods, dragsters and sports cars.
I was endlessly scribbling car doodles on my note books and in the margins of text books. I thought of myself as a cross between Big Daddy Don Garlits and a sports car designer. In fact, I used to spend hours drawing what I thought was the perfect car and would give the design to my dad who, back then, was a car designer for the Ford Motor Company. I have no idea what ever happened to those designs but I imagine they were conspicuously put in his briefcase at home and dumped in the trash at work.
Anyway, among the various shells of once bright and gleaming cars in that back lot, almost hidden amongst the weeds, was a candy-apple red Ford Pantera or, more accurately; the De Tomaso Pantera that was designed and built in Italy and powered by a Ford engine (and eventually imported to the US to be sold in Lincoln/Mercury dealerships). The car sat on half-filled radial tires (relatively new to the US) and still sparkled as if it just came off the showroom floor…haa ha, or so my feverish car-obsessed, pre-teen brain thought it sparkled. It was sleek, low to the ground and looked as if it were going 100 miles an hour just sitting there.
It was a supercar before the word was coined and I was deeply, madly and completely in love with it.
Of course, at 12 years old the only thing I could really do was dream of driving the car—I was, after all, 4 years away from even having a driver’s license—but I distinctly remember how vivid those daydreams were, how utterly real and “possible” they seemed.
Fast forward to now and to the customers I consult with about their desires for a building a cloud infrastructure within their environments.
Trevor WilliamsonTrevor Williamson is Director of Solutions Architecture at GreenPages Technologies, where he contributes to the journey to the cloud blog. He is directly responsible for working with Global 1000 (financial, insurance and pharmaceutical) companies for the assessment and analysis, planning and design, and construction and management of enterprise technology (virtual, physical) infrastructures and for specifying and coordinating onsite professional services. Williamson has extensive knowledge and expertise in business applications and enterprise systems including designing complex, highly distributed virtual desktop environments for large enterprise clients. He has provided program and project management oversight and support for enterprise-scale solutions and is responsible for coordination of internal and external (partner) resources.
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