In this case “baby” is load balancing and the corner is cloud computing.

SocialCloudNow recently wrote up a pretty darn accurate (which is hard to find these days) description of “cloud computing” by walking through the components required. The author did an excellent job – especially where he dove into the relationship between orchestration and cloud computing. Loved that a lot – most folks ignore that piece of cloud computing even though it’s very, very important. But I was a bit put off (okay, a lot put off) at one statement:

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An honorable mention goes out to the Load balancer – which does the obvious.

blueguerillaHonorable mention? It’s an afterthought that certainly one of the key enabling technologies of cloud computing does not deserve. Shortly after reading the post and debating this point with Paul Richards (the author) I came to the realization that he was looking at cloud computing from the view point of the consumer, i.e. the organization, the customer, an administrator/developer looking for a cloud in which to deploy applications. That made his statement make a lot more sense. If you’re looking at cloud services offered and trying to decide which one to jump on then perhaps a load balancer isn’t your primary concern at all (although that makes me want to say, “Inconceivable!”). But from the perspective of the definition of cloud computing and the folks who are implementing (internal/external, public/private) such environments, a load balancer is certainly a lot more than just window dressing.

So I will say that as far as cloud services go, load balancing may be – based solely on consumer need, or perception of need – worthy of only honorable mention. But as far as implementing a cloud computing environment goes, it’s a requirement.