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Enterprise Clouds vs. Commodity Clouds: Divergence or Convergence

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As Cloud Computing is gaining increasing traction in the complex heterogeneous enterprise environments, there is a battle between building private clouds and leveraging public clouds.

An "Enterprise Cloud" offers a virtualized, scalable, multi-tenant infrastructure that provides secure enterprise-grade computing capabilities with stringent SLAs. On the other hand, a "Commodity Cloud" provides a low-cost information technology environment with inexpensive computing power and storage capability as a simple commodity in the eyes of the market or consumers.

A key decision point is whether big organizations should construct enterprise clouds, which may be on premises or hosted on public providers' data centers, or large-size firms should migrate to commodity clouds that tend to be more cost effective economically.

Are enterprise and commodity clouds moving towards separate directions? Or does the trending lead to combined enterprise commodity clouds? Or will the path become hybrid routes - diverge then converge, or the opposite sequence? What are the key criteria and how to justify objectively?

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Tony Shan works as a senior consultant, advisor at a global applications and infrastructure solutions firm helping clients realize the greatest value from their IT. Shan is a renowned thought leader and technology visionary with a number of years of field experience and guru-level expertise on cloud computing, Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, social, mobile, SOA, BI, technology strategy, IT roadmapping, systems design, architecture engineering, portfolio rationalization, product development, asset management, strategic planning, process standardization, and Web 2.0. He has directed the lifecycle R&D and buildout of large-scale award-winning distributed systems on diverse platforms in Fortune 100 companies and public sector like IBM, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Cisco, Honeywell, Abbott, etc.

Shan is an inventive expert with a proven track record of influential innovations such as Cloud Engineering. He has authored dozens of top-notch technical papers on next-generation technologies and over ten books that won multiple awards. He is a frequent keynote speaker and Chair/Panel/Advisor/Judge/Organizing Committee in prominent conferences/workshops, an editor/editorial advisory board member of IT research journals/books, and a founder of several user groups, forums, and centers of excellence (CoE).

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