Google infrastructure czar Urs Hölzle is focused on a cloud future where customers don’t think about the infrastructure underlying all of the workloads they’re running.
In his view, one of the key advantages of the cloud is that customers can get the benefits of new hardware without having to completely rework their software.
“So that means you can have a million customers who move to that new hardware platform, not knowing they did,” he said Tuesday at the Structure Conference in San Francisco. “Which means that you can really insert this new technology in a much faster cycle than you could if you did the same thing on-premises.”
That means companies can get quick, seamless improvements to performance, as opposed to an on-premises deployment. When operating their own data centers, companies must take the time to evaluate new hardware, and take the time to roll it out.