It’s amazing to see the descriptions one can apply to a complex collection of disparate technologies in an effort to appear cohesive and even forward-thinking. For example, take a look at this bicycle I spotted recently — it’s loaded with features, but clearly there are some concerns with this architecture. Significant effort is required to integrate the components, while reliability and safety are not necessarily “best in class.”
Kind of reminds me of the System Center 2012 cloud. It’s a disparate collection of legacy management systems loosely coupled together, working with a hypervisor that is based on a general-purpose operating system.
Private infrastructure-as-a-service clouds based on yesterday’s technology will never measure up to purpose-built solutions from VMware. Don’t take the wrong path for your cloud.