So when did Aristotle live? 384BC through to 322BC. A long , long time ago yet he appears to have great insight of one of the core characteristics of cloud computing. Habit. Habit of delivering technology resource on time, reliably, without error, performant and without human intervention.
Perhaps if Aristotle were alive today he would be speaking about what makes man superior to other men. He would view cloud against the other ways of delivering IT, and reiterate his belief that the only way to become excellent is to not treat one’s actions as an act, but as habit.
One could argue that IT teams suffer from inconsistent acts, where one day things work and the next they don’t. This is a little unjust as Aristotle would know better than most – life is a bit harsher in reality than in the pages of a book. However, any IT professional will recognise that there are tasks they can do each time, right and without even inking. Now cloud is a bit like this – data center actions right each time ,and without even thinking. You want some habit? Well you need to be prepared for hard work – the only place Success comes before Work is in the dictionary. Cloud computing is no guarantee of excellence – and if you are going to do it yourself then you need people around you who understand process, process and even more process.
(Quote attributed to Aristotle (384BC to 322BC ) A who’s writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle )