Some of you may remember the movie Field of Dreams where Kevin Costner’s character Ray Kinsella hears the phrase “if you build it, they will come.” Ray interprets this to mean he needs to plow under a portion of his corn field to build a baseball field and risk the economic and emotional stability of the family he loves dearly. The ending of the movie is open to interpretation but we assume Ray and his family lived happily ever after even if seemed like a crazy idea to everyone else.
With all the industry buzz around Cloud, many customers believe that if they build a Cloud solution (on or off premises) people will adapt and use it. This could not be further from the truth. Those of you wanting to disrupt the status quo need to first ask the question “what problem am I trying to solve”? Without specific use cases, you can end up wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars building a solution that no one will use. Once you have determined the problem(s) you would like to solve and fully understand what the goal is, you can then begin looking at solutions. Without a true problem to solve and full understanding of the cloud solution of choice, you risk building a cloud solution with no customers.
This past week VMware Staff Solution Architect Sudhir Balasubramanian authored a blog covering Oracle RAC on VMware on AWS. One of the most compelling things around VMware Cloud on AWS is the fact that it’s underlying architecture is built on vSphere, VSAN, and NSX. This makes moving Business Critical Application workloads to a public cloud easier.