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Escaping The Chaos Monkey — Enterprise vs Commodity Cloud

Earlier this week I gave a talk at the Cloud Connect conference in Santa Clara to highlight the differences between commodity (developer) and enterprise clouds. The idea was to highlight that the two types of cloud aim to solve very different problems for very different audiences: new (or re-written) applications running on commodity hardware, and enterprise IT agility for existing applications. The Chaos Monkey of the title refers to a tool developed by Netflix to simulate a commodity cloud within their own datacenter. It's symbolic of the fundamentally different assumptions underpinning clouds designed to act as an extension of an enterprise datacenter, and those designed to cheaply host new applications designed for a brave new world of commodity computing.

The slides are available here:  Download Cloud Connect chaos monkey R3

The monkey on the title slide is a graffito by Banksy, for those who are wondering(!)