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Myths and realities of cloud computing

Ross O. Storey | Nov. 12, 2010
Pat Gelsinger, president and chief operating officer, EMC information infrastructure products, executive office of the chairman, EMC Corporation, talks about cloud computing and myths and realities surrounding it

Why do you think the current private v public cloud debate is so highly charged and what changes need to take place for Asia corporations to become more comfortable?

I believe the debate, in many cases, is essential in helping people to understand the cloud.  Customers are starting to learn just exactly what the advantages are for each and EMC has clearly been a proponent of the private cloud, getting customers to understand the difference of private versus public cloud. Ultimately we believe the right answer, in almost all cases, will be a hybrid cloud, where some will be public and some will be private, and the best results will be taking advantage of both and federating the two together.

Is there anything else youd particularly like to add to our discussion?

I do see that there is probably more interest from service providers in Asia as they begin to understand how they could be offering cloud services as an extension of their current set of services or possibly outsourcing cloud as they have done in the past. I do find that intriguing as a difference in Asia. This could be attributed to Asian IT customers looking to their service providers as very key partners, not just as service providers but in many cases almost like their experts/system integrators.

The fact that Asia has a large number of SMBs could also be fuelling interest in cloud computing. The service provider almost becomes similar to the IT department of its customer and the service provider sees the value of utilising cloud-based services to deliver a much broader set of IT capabilities for their SMB customers.

In many regards, telecommunication services in Asia are extremely advanced and there are going to be more Internet and mobile users in Asia than in the US or Europe. I think this makes Asia a high potential market for cloud services in the long run.


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