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Thought Leader Series with Treb Ryan, CEO of OpSource

treb ryan opsource400Treb’s perspective on the Cloud hype was fascinating. He had a simple no nonsense approach to explaining it last month when we sat down to discuss current industry trends and how Cloud is affecting businesses.

“First of all not many people even know why it’s called Cloud. When you look at the structure and architecture of the system you realize that it’s because of the way people drew the diagram and the internet was on the top “in the Cloud.”’Simply put . . .  it’s just a term for the internet. He notes that there are a few major key elements to helping deliver the Cloud: Availability, immediacy and expandability.

In the Silicon Valley today, we are undoubtedly seeing the “second act” of the mid-to-late 90’s dotcom IT hiring boom, with major technological innovation and investment in cloud, social, mobile, and business services software markets.  The Mercury News reports that venture capital funding in Silicon Valley in Q4 2011, totaled $3.028 billion, with a healthy $1.06 billion invested in the software sector, and $860 million in the business services sector.  Joint Venture Silicon Valley notes a 17% increase in VC investment in cloud computing, medical devices, and clean technology over the last 12 months.  According to the San Jose Mercury News, 2011 represented “the highest level of investment in Internet companies since the dot-com bust” and 2011 Silicon Valley employment was up 3.8% over 2010.
Tuesday, Feb 21 2012

From Our Team: How to Thrive in the SCM Field

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Interview with Darrel Strom, a Release Architect in TelePresence at Cisco.

darrel-strom-541x640-253x300We reached out to our team to talk about the current trends in the tech industry and what it takes to be a successful consultant. We sat down with team member Darrel Strom, a Release Architect in TelePresence at Cisco. With more than 30 years of experience Darrel is a recognized guru in software build automation, Software Configuration Management (SCM), and release engineering. He specializes in implementing and configuring SCM tools like ClearCase, Subversion and Perforce to make it easier for developers to check code out, modify and test it to check it back in. He automates build and release processes and integrates these with SCM tools to create easy, reliable, push-button releases.

Armada’s Thought Leader Series: A series of interviews with influential business leaders in Silicon Valley discussing the latest topics and trends in our market.

Last week Armada’s President and CEO, Jeff Tavangar, sat down with Tom Gill to talk about the Cloud hype, vendor choices, and challenges that CIOs face today. In addition, Tom describes in detail where Plantronics is at on the ‘Diffusion of Innovations’ curve and gives insight on how he approaches new business ideas and what resources he uses for new deployments.
amazon jeff bezos1-225x300Sometimes Friday nights create the best blog fodder. I think a few “after work” beers and the tweets are flying thick and fast. This blog is a quick response to a tweet exchange (one hereanother here) between Brian Flannery (Eucalyptus), Randy Bias (Cloud Scaling) and myself last week. The origins of my thinking were actually primed by an article on CloudAve by Randy Bias titled ‘What is Amazon’s Secret for Success and Why is EC2 a Runaway Train?’.
Thursday, Sep 22 2011

Will the Real Cloud Please Stand Up!

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cloud paas varsIt has become increasingly obvious that the marketing has turned on the cloud, supported by articles and interestingly the apparent abandonment of the clouderati.  I wrote a post a couple of weeks back titled “Its getting a little less cloudy” discussing the passing of the marketing hype and a new awareness of the real benefits of Cloud based architecture. The conclusion it reaches, is cloud has abstracted a lot of detail that might be labeled support and/or operations at a infrastructure or physical data center level. It has not however reduced the importance of IT Service Management (ITSM) or proper architecture design.