SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Liz McMillan, Carmen Gonzalez, Zakia Bouachraoui, Roger Strukhoff, David Linthicum

Related Topics: @CloudExpo

Article

Libya Matters to Cloud Computing, Like It or Not

Wars Have a Way of Screwing Up Business Plans

A lot of Republican politicians in the US have become instant policy experts on the situation in Libya. They seem united that, one way or another, President Obama is simply not doing the right thing.

The latest is former New York City mayor and failed presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani. Not to single him out, but he provides a very good example of someone who was found wanting, early in the process, in his attempt to become the nation's Commander-in-Chief and head of state and government.

Why would his opinion on this issue matter anymore than any other individual's opinion?

The Journalistic Backdrop
Sportswriters are not supposed to cheer in the press box, and for a few decades, very few journalists were allowed to reveal their politics. Today's ugly environment has brought us to the brink of the bad old days of the 18th and 19th centuries.

It has also resulted in a loss of credibility for almost all politicians and commentators; we believe they have thought things through and are commenting on them honestly as much as we believe a Microsoft or Oracle press release is a fair-minded analysis of Cloud Computing.

Meanwhile, Silicon Valley is noted for its bloodless political climate, an absence of passion in a region that stays focused on technology, creating wealth if not culture. So it may seem a bit rude-or more important, off-message-to muse about geopolitics in a discussion of Cloud Computing.

But none of us lives in a vacuum, no matter how hard some of us may try to. Wars have a way of screwing up even the best business plans. We should all be paying attention to Libya and the rest of the Arab world. Ignoring it or rationalizing that it's not germane to our business is a cop-out.

All War & No Business
To say we need to pay attention to the world situation is not to say we need to inject politics into the conversation. I'll leave my views of George W. Bush's Iraq and Afghanistan policies to conversations with my friends.

What I will say he is that he seemed to ignore completely any concerns with the domestic economy during his time in office. Iraq seemed to become an obsession with his Adminsistration and those reporting on it and opining about it.

Meanwhile, the US manufacturing base rotted out beneath us, losing far more jobs in those years than it had in the infamous Rust Belt Era of the 70s and 80s. The US economic transition to a "service" economy resulted in higher income disparity, even as masses of people flocked to the fast-food franchises and Wal-Marts that they blamed in large part for hollowing out the economy.

Inflection Points
The election of President Obama was seen as a major inflection point in US history because of his father's DNA. The premature awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to him on the grounds of him not being George W. Bush now seems bitterly ironic, given that he's felt compelled to let the Tomahawks fly.

Yet the literal absence of American leadership in Libya-a deliberate strategy taken as a middle ground between non-involvement and traditional US belligerence-represents an inflection point as well. The US has been looked to as the world's policeman, rightly or wrongly, for decades now.

Historians may draw a parallel between this position and President Wilson's reluctance to enter World War I. The reality then was that, in the end, the US ended up committing in a big way, and probably could've ended the war earlier had it gotten involved earlier.

So where do we stand? 
What is the proper course for the US in Libya? What was the proper course in Egypt, and what is it now? How about the rest of the Arab world? What if there is sudden trouble in Saudi Arabia?

The big step in entering a war is not choosing the level of aggression and involvement. The big step is entering it in the first place. Once you've, frankly, decided your country is going to kill people, history has shown that doing so in a limited way with changing objectives will fail.

Meanwhile, the battle to convert IT people to Cloud Computing continues. This is not a life-and-death struggle, and perhaps even using the word "battle" is disrespectful to those who do put their lives on the line.

But business is important. Productivity is important. Economic progress is important. Human ethics and behavior have clearly not changed since the Stone Age, but our lifestyles have. War always threatens to set the clock back.

For now, the US has entrusted Barack Obama to be its Commander-in-Chief. How he handles this task will be judged by history. Listening to politicians speak hypocritically even by their standards about his performance is a bigger time waster than Farmville.

My only hope is that the President remembers something I'm sure many of his friends from Chicago have told him-once you throw that first punch, you had better be prepared for a big, ugly fight. If this is not what you want, don't throw the punch.

But don't have somebody else do it for you. That's weak.

More Stories By Roger Strukhoff

Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

Latest Stories
The platform combines the strengths of Singtel's extensive, intelligent network capabilities with Microsoft's cloud expertise to create a unique solution that sets new standards for IoT applications," said Mr Diomedes Kastanis, Head of IoT at Singtel. "Our solution provides speed, transparency and flexibility, paving the way for a more pervasive use of IoT to accelerate enterprises' digitalisation efforts. AI-powered intelligent connectivity over Microsoft Azure will be the fastest connected pat...
There are many examples of disruption in consumer space – Uber disrupting the cab industry, Airbnb disrupting the hospitality industry and so on; but have you wondered who is disrupting support and operations? AISERA helps make businesses and customers successful by offering consumer-like user experience for support and operations. We have built the world’s first AI-driven IT / HR / Cloud / Customer Support and Operations solution.
ScaleMP is presenting at CloudEXPO 2019, held June 24-26 in Santa Clara, and we’d love to see you there. At the conference, we’ll demonstrate how ScaleMP is solving one of the most vexing challenges for cloud — memory cost and limit of scale — and how our innovative vSMP MemoryONE solution provides affordable larger server memory for the private and public cloud. Please visit us at Booth No. 519 to connect with our experts and learn more about vSMP MemoryONE and how it is already serving some of...
Darktrace is the world's leading AI company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace's Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal' for all devices and users, updating its understa...
Codete accelerates their clients growth through technological expertise and experience. Codite team works with organizations to meet the challenges that digitalization presents. Their clients include digital start-ups as well as established enterprises in the IT industry. To stay competitive in a highly innovative IT industry, strong R&D departments and bold spin-off initiatives is a must. Codete Data Science and Software Architects teams help corporate clients to stay up to date with the mod...
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embr...
Platform9, the leader in SaaS-managed hybrid cloud, has announced it will present five sessions at four upcoming industry conferences in June: BCS in London, DevOpsCon in Berlin, HPE Discover and Cloud Computing Expo 2019.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throug...
When you're operating multiple services in production, building out forensics tools such as monitoring and observability becomes essential. Unfortunately, it is a real challenge balancing priorities between building new features and tools to help pinpoint root causes. Linkerd provides many of the tools you need to tame the chaos of operating microservices in a cloud native world. Because Linkerd is a transparent proxy that runs alongside your application, there are no code changes required. I...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
"NetApp's vision is how we help organizations manage data - delivering the right data in the right place, in the right time, to the people who need it, and doing it agnostic to what the platform is," explained Josh Atwell, Developer Advocate for NetApp, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Druva is the global leader in Cloud Data Protection and Management, delivering the industry's first data management-as-a-service solution that aggregates data from endpoints, servers and cloud applications and leverages the public cloud to offer a single pane of glass to enable data protection, governance and intelligence-dramatically increasing the availability and visibility of business critical information, while reducing the risk, cost and complexity of managing and protecting it. Druva's...
Kubernetes as a Container Platform is becoming a de facto for every enterprise. In my interactions with enterprises adopting container platform, I come across common questions: - How does application security work on this platform? What all do I need to secure? - How do I implement security in pipelines? - What about vulnerabilities discovered at a later point in time? - What are newer technologies like Istio Service Mesh bring to table?In this session, I will be addressing these commonly asked ...
BMC has unmatched experience in IT management, supporting 92 of the Forbes Global 100, and earning recognition as an ITSM Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for five years running. Our solutions offer speed, agility, and efficiency to tackle business challenges in the areas of service management, automation, operations, and the mainframe.