You’ve heard of “server huggers” right? They’re the IT personality type that has a difficult time feeling comfortable with colocating their servers to a remote data center, opting to have the servers on-site or in a local data center facility.
Well, so in 2008, the popular tech site GigaOM.com wrote an interesting article on the ‘server hugger’ mentality titled “Trailer Park 2.0: Where All Your Data Lives“. Tech site ethrealmind.com went so far as to predict that virtualization and cloud computing would eventually kill off the server hugger.
Now, since the benefits of cloud computing are that of scalability and not of high-performance, the cloud will never fully replace purpose built hardware, such as high-performance database servers. And while purpose built hardware is quite expensive, cloud servers certainly have their place.
If I were to speculate, I would say that cloud computing benefits of scalability combined with the physical benefits of purpose built hardware, make for a hybrid solution that will lower a company’s IT infrastructure costs, while maintaining performance requirements. So going virtual with your IT infrastructure doesn’t necessarily mean that everything will all go to the cloud, rather it means a company’s solution will likely end up embracing the best both worlds.
So how do the server huggers fare through all of this? Well, they won’t go extinct! The economic benefits of cloud computing will make their lives miserable, not knowing where in the cloud the infrastructure resides. It may help them to cope with moving things to the cloud if they were to know and visit the data center where their cloud solution resides.
Moving to the cloud isn’t the end of the world, although to a server hugger it could feel like a nuclear bomb has been dropped on theirs. I suggest a viewing of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and a stiff drink to go along with the realization that technology changes, and we need to move along with it.