After Hurricane Sandy: I'm Building My Own Power Plant (Not)

After Hurricane Sandy: I'm Building My Own Power Plant (Not)

Amid Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, my local utility says my house may not have electric power/service for 10 days or more. Now I'm thinking about building my own in-home power plant because I no longer trust the electric grid. Alas, that's the type of logic we all hear when a public cloud goes dark. And frankly, the logic is dead wrong.

The stories are familiar: Each time Amazon.com, Google or another cloud services provider (CSP) goes dark, we hear from CIOs and managed services providers (MSPs), who explain why clouds are not reliable and why data centers need to remain on-premises.

But if you apply that logic right now, CIOs across New Jersey, New York and Connecticut should be describing why they plan to build their own on-premises power plants because Hurricane Sandy has knocked out major portions of the electric grid. Still, we all know: CIOs don't want to be in the electricity business. And over time, fewer and fewer CIOs will be in the data center business.

Despite occasional cloud outages, the march toward the cloud remains unstoppable. Anybody else tracking on-premises server sales trends vs. cloud adoption? The numbers are staggering. And there's no turning back  the hands of time.

In fact, the cloud trend tends to accelerate during major disasters like Hurricane Sandy. You can't recover on-premises data that gets washed out to sea. But you can (nearly) always restore data from a well-designed public cloud...

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