December 23, 2008

Blind Men and the Cloud

It was six men of Info Tech

To learning much inclined,

Who went to see the Cloud

(Though all of them were blind),

That each by observation

Might satisfy his mind

The First approached the Cloud,

So sure that he was boasting

“I know exactly what this is…

This Cloud is simply Hosting.”

The Second grasped within the Cloud,

Saying, “No it’s obvious to me,

This Cloud is grid computing…

Servers working together in harmony!”

The Third, in need of an answer,

Cried, "Ho! I know its source of power

It’s a utility computing solution

Which charges by the hour.”

The Fourth reached out to touch it,

It was there, but it was not

“Virtualization,” said he.

“That’s precisely what we’ve got!”

The Fifth, so sure the rest were wrong

Declared “It’s SaaS you fools,

Applications with no installation

It’s breaking all the rules!"

The Sixth (whose name was Benioff),

Felt the future he did know,

He made haste in boldly stating,

“This *IS* Web 3.0.”

And so these men of Info Tech

Disputed loud and long,

Each in his own opinion

Exceeding stiff and strong,

Though each was partly in the right,

And all were partly wrong!