"I don't think cloud computing will take over everything ..." says whurley


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Is cloud computing going to take over the data center as we know it? Are you thinking about the cloud as a means to achieve greater flexibility, with lower complexity and less hands-on time with configuration management? Will writing scalable applications be a thing of the past? If that's your current train of thought maybe it's time for some down-to-earth thinking.


Join us as we talk about cloud computing with whurley, chief architect of open source strategy at BMC Software. Listen in as whurley discusses some of the benefits of cloud computing as well as cracks open a few myths, discusses how cloud computing currently fits into the data-center picture, and talks about some of the newer open source players in the cloud.



whurley (William Hurley) is the chief architect of open source strategy at BMC Software, Inc. Also known as "whurley," he is responsible for creating BMC's open source agenda and overseeing the company's participation in various free, and open source software communities to advance the adoption and integration of BSM solutions. A technology visionary and holder of 11 important patents, whurley brings 16 years of experience in developing groundbreaking technology. He is the chairman of the Open Management Consortium, a non-profit organization advancing the adoption, development, and integration of open source systems management. Named as an IBM Master Inventor, whurley has received numerous awards including an IBM Pervasive Computing Award and Apple Computer Design Award.


  1. Will traditional enterprises embark on Cloud computing anytime soon? How does this contrast with the hype that Cloud will take over the entire computing model?
  2. Does cloud computing add another level of complexity on the management side of things? What are the trade offs?
  3. How about this, just because you move your apps to a cloud, doesn't mean you don't need configuration management. Is that true or not?
  4. I heard Ubuntu is getting into open source cloud computing. What do you think of that?