Cloud: Technology or Operations Model?

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at
Wed Jan 20 21:10:24 UTC 2010

On Wed, 20 Jan 2010, Mike McGrath wrote:

> I'll start this thread.  I'm firmly in the "a cloud is an operations
> model" camp.  It's important because when people say "I want a cloud" and
> we say "You want ovirt" or "you want eucalyptus."  I think that's wrong.

OK, fair enough.  But there are also tools that are well suited to support 
that operations model, and tools that are poorly suited.

If you build good enough tools, they become Technology with a capital T. 
That's what can happen when the open source model works.  Too many folks 
are trying to start on the Product end, instead of starting on the tools 
end (and by extension, the users end).  My $0.02.

I'm interested in tools approaches that help our users.  I think that's 
the advantage that Fedora can provide -- a group of knowledgeable folks 
who share and refine the best tools.  Red Hat benefits if those tools, 
over time, emerge into a Product for which Red Hat can sell support.


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