Like so many others, I found the industry move to cloud fascinating on so many levels: new technology models, new operational models, new application models, new consumption models, etc.
I wrote endless, lengthy blog posts attempting to explore every nook and cranny. Even to this day, the topic continues to intrigue me.
One of the things I spent much time considering was what I dubbed the "cloud supply chain".
As an example, supply chains in the physical world are responsible for transforming raw materials into finished goods we all consume. Every company along the way specializes at what they do best at, and cooperates with others who are good at other things. It's rare when you see a single company responsible for everything from raw materials to customer service.
Specialized players -- each with different strengths -- could and should combine into supply chains to create more value than any single player alone.
Today, VMware's vCloud Air service announced a strategic partnership with Google's Cloud Platform Services. Customers of vCloud Air can now use select Google Cloud Platform services relatively transparently: with a single contract, and a single point of support.
It's a great example of a cloud supply chain -- but will we see more?
And the bigger question, still not answered: what will be the dominant industry model that serves enterprise IT?