Is the Cloud Just So Many Legos?
I was recently looking at Lego parts, and I started to consider the myriad of Legos and the broad categories they fit within. Then I had a thought. Is the cloud just so many Legos? SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and DaaS are various categories of clouds. We could call them the fundamental building blocks or bricks of the cloud, and we could think of moving to the cloud as the assembly of those bricks into something usable. Or so one would think.
Once you get past the broad categories, there are very specific versions of Legos. There are roofs, arches, minifigs, bricks, plates, plants, animals, and more. Just like there are myriad specific Legos, there are also myriad things you can do in the cloud. These things still fall into categories of DaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. However, these myriad solutions are themselves made up of many other bricks, gears, roofs, arches, etc. The cloud has many moving parts.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.