Santa vs. Parents: Which has the best distribution model?



I thought it would be interesting on Christmas eve to compare the two models of distributing presents (content/services). I have put together a short list of features for each model.

Santa (Server/Cloud) has a global approach to delivering presents.

  • Single source for distribution.
  • Strict service level agreements to deliver all presents by morning.
  • Centrally located.
  • Single source for all content (elves making toys).
  • Large support workforce behind the scenes (elves keep everything running smooth).
  • Course security model, Naughty or Nice. And the list is only checked twice.
  • Must break laws of physics to meet service level agreements.

Parents (Edge computing) has a distributed approach to delivering presents.

  • Only need to deliver presents (content) to a small number of children (users).
  • No service level agreements, but rarely goes down. And outages only effect a small number of users.
  • Multi-sourced content (Walmart, Target, Amazon etc).
  • Small (1or 2) people support workforce.
  • More granular security model. Able to consider more data points in real-time to determine, naughty or nice.
  • More personal support services.

Both models have their advantages and disadvantages. I think that the best approach is to use both models together. This is the foundation of S+S. Use the richness and power of edge devices such as Windows to leverage the services in the cloud. Just like Santa and parents working together to deliver the best possible experience for the children.

Merry Christmas.

Please leave me your own points in the comments.

Comments (21)

  1. AngelaE8654 says:

    This is a very cute comparison.  What a fun read it was.  🙂

  2. alagausun says:

    Interesting to read, Nice article

  3. Jack Article says:

    Wow that was really a post worth reading.

    Good comparison 🙂

  4. Tanya says:

    I second that,

    nice reading thx for sharing.

  5. Forever says:

    You’ve forgot the main idea: Santa distributes presents 1 day a year while parents have to make presents many times.

    For that reason Santa may break laws of physics 🙂

  6. I love this analogy.  A single santa is a single point of failure.  I think we need a few santas to create redundancy.  I mean taken to an ultimate extreme, there are no parents.  Kids buy their own gifts.  

  7. leiaquinto919 says:

    Love this post. Thanks for sharing!

  8. zogzog says:

    Very good analogy, hmm though it breaks down a little as Santa has to do his own deliveries.

  9. PokerNostro says:

    sure like that would happen in the real world hahahah

  10. Jonny says:

    Funny compare. I will choose Santa, hah.

  11. Debbie says:

    Nice comparison!

    I think I’ll go for the parent model though!

  12. David says:

    Year later, even if its not yet Christmas time, it is still funny as hell 🙂  You inserted christmas spirit in me too early 🙂

  13. webgirl says:

    Great read, thanks for the article.

  14. rukkiodds says:

    And now another Christmas is coming…

  15. vodomecs says:

    That was cool! Great comparison!

  16. zukario says:

    I think parents edge computing is better than that santa sever/cloud.

  17. zukario says:

    Have you choose your best distribution model paul i am curious which plans that you choose and i really hope you succeed in your daily life.

  18. annabrown says:

    Hahahaha! very cute comparison.. I loved this article..

  19. Tom777 says:

    well I have to go with Santa because of his speed!

  20. lisa says:

    This is really useful. Thanks for sharing

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