The 10 Laws of Cloudonomics: What IT can learn from Prussian military theory

GigaOM published an interesting piece that evaluates the case for cloud computing by applying a variety of academic disciplines, including a bit of Newtonian physics and the military theories of Carl Von Clausewicz

The author, Joe Weinman, is a sales VP for AT&T Global Business Services and he doesn’t pretend to make the decision simple, with his “Ten Laws of Cloudonomics.”

Here are laws 6 and 10.

Superiority in numbers is the most important factor in the result of a combat (Clausewitz).
The classic military strategist Carl von Clausewitz argued that, above all, numerical superiority was key to winning battles. In the cloud theater, battles are waged between botnets and DDoS defenses. A botnet of 100,000 servers, each with a megabit per second of uplink bandwidth, can launch 100 gigabits per second of attack bandwidth. An enterprise IT shop would be overwhelmed by such an attack, whereas a large cloud service provider — especially one that is also an integrated network service provider — has the scale to repel it.

: An object at rest tends to stay at rest (Newton).
A data center is a very, very large object. While theoretically, any company can site data centers in globally optimal locations that are located on a core network backbone with cheap access to power, cooling and acreage, few do. Instead, they remain in locations for reasons such as where the company or an acquired unit was founded, or where they got a good deal on distressed but conditioned space. A cloud service provider can locate greenfield sites optimally.

e Weinman is Strategic Solutions Sales VP for AT&T Global Business Services. The views expressed herein are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of AT&T.Can technology have anything in common with German military inscrutable rules as you choose your technology

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