On a Dare: Cloud Management and The Sound Of Music

Sometimes, I like to think of a blog as an exercise in improvisation. Give me 2 topics – and let’s see if I can link them. I actually took a class from a wonderful teacher, Lakshmi Balachandra,  in improv in business – and it was an excellent experience. I strongly endorse it.


Today’s blog improv game, brought to me in a facebook challenge from Monica Brink, is – Cloud and the Sound of Music.  Go.


The easy way to go is to list my favorite things about cloud. Raindrops on roses and instantaneous resources. Cost transparency and warm woolen mittens. But this feels like a cop out. I’m not going to stop there.


the-sound-of-music-1920x1080.jpgMy next instinct is to talk about heterogeneity and cost effectiveness by making use of resources at your disposal – not unlike the crafty Maria making clothes for the gaggle of children from some particularly offensive drapes. Because not everyone has the cash to buy bolt after bolt of fabric – or a shiny new flat of servers for your data center. 


Of course, the whole topic of returning unused resources could be well explored by a rousing round of “So Long, Farewell”, at which point I would have to look up the spelling of Auf Wiedersehen, and note that every one of the children is dispatched in the manner appropriate to their own needs – which can be mimic’ed by a good configurable retirement engine in the cloud. Some services disappear for all eternity, and some are kept in storage.

Now, it is hard to reference the Sound of Music without a good “escape from the Nazi’s” scene.. but I’m having a hard time finding the bad guys in the cloud. Even the misguided Rolf seems like a stretch in the happy world of cloud. In fact, even traditional infrastructure isn’t worth escaping from, so much as rehabilitating. So, I’m inclined to assert there is not overpowering evil force in cloud – much to my general joy.

By then end, we would have to go back to cliche and finish up by belting out Climb Every Mountain as we embark gleefully towards our future in cloud, empowered by the words of an aging nun. And we can give thanks that I didn’t attempt my own rhyming version of Do-Re-Mi with a nod towards systems management. That’s a mountain no one should climb – and a movie no one should see.

What do you think, Monica? Did I succeed?

These postings are my own and do not necessarily represent BMC's position, strategies, or opinion.

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