Is the cloud really ready for prime time?

NetworkWorld Logo I was very privileged to be interviewed by Brandon Butler over at NetworkWorld recently – and he kindly included some of my quotes in a great article on cloud,”Is the cloud really ready for prime time?”. With a bunch of smart people, including Gartner’s Tom Bittman, Rightscale CEO Michael Crandell, FireHost CEO Chris Drake, Rackspace CTO John Engates, Allwyn Sequeira, CTO at VMware. Here is some of what I had to say:

But not everyone is as willing at Coupa and Naik to move completely to the cloud. Large enterprise customers are not yet widely using public, multi-tenant clouds for mission-critical applications, according to consultants and industry experts.

“Large enterprises continue to embrace private clouds,” says Andi Mann, vice president of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, who recently wrote a blog post titled “Why the public cloud is a big fat enterprise fail.” “IT organizations increasingly understand the risks, opportunities, roles and potential benefits of public and private cloud computing. And they’re largely putting their chips on the private cloud card.” Public cloud vendors, he argues, aren’t catering to the needs of enterprises around security, interoperability and reliability. The result is reluctance on the part of enterprises to embrace the public cloud for larger, more sensitive programs.

You should read the whole article at NetworkWorld, Is the cloud really ready for prime time?.