In a cloudy world… does the network matter?

July 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

by Diane Krakora, CEO

In this rush to “everything as a service”, has the network – the highway to the cloud – gotten lost? We all KNOW we need routers, switches, hubs and security to access all the goodness the cloud can offer us. Does the quality of the network matter? If you have on-ramps and a four lane freeway to the Internet, does it matter if the road is “good”? Is there a “good”, “better” and “best” in the network… as we race to the cloud? Does it matter?

What network components do Rackspace, EC2, and Savvis have? Does the customer care? Do the solution providers care about the network as they do “cloud ready” assessments? Are they doing network assessments with the cloud assessment?

We’re talking to so many companies about how their cloud strategy translates into the channel model – you’d be surprised the types of companies trying to be relevant in a ‘cloud world’.  We can debate how quickly this is all going to matter some other time.  Most of the cloud hype (and traction) seems to be driven by software solutions – CRM, SFA, ERP, Virtualization (of servers and desktops). With the focus on software, has the hardware solution become irrelevant as asphalt?

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