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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.

Sunday, Sep 04 2011

Competing with AWS

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James Urquhart wrote a piece for CNET on the ability for anyone to catch Amazon’s dominance as a public cloud infrastructure provider. Full respect from James and his words are insightful from a technological and functional requirements perspective. From a business success perspective I think it has some limitations. Volume has its place, but it is not the sole indicator of leadership.
Tuesday, Aug 30 2011

Its Getting a Little Less Cloudy

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microsoft-cloud-computingIs it just me, or is the fog lifting on cloud computing*

At the peak of the hype curve, the statements were;
  1. Don’t have to worry about  (monitoring, operations, power, cooling, servers, infrastructure etc.. etc..)
  2. Infinite scalability and high availability
  3. Infrastructure is a commodity
What do PC’s, Linux, MySQL, Eucalytpus, public clouds and many other products have in common? They all leverage the phenomena of personal decision making power inside enterprises to create innovation adoption. In the last two decades of IT, this is also referred to “going around IT”. The current adoption of cloud overwhelmingly dominated by individuals, swiping credit cards or downloading opensource/freemium products. The “grass roots” approach is typical for enterprises at the leading edge of the diffusion of innovations curve.  These companies have the resources with the technical skills and business motivation to drive the adoption. Does this model “grass roots” model have the ability to continue the momentum cloud adoption into the enterprise.
Monday, May 23 2011

The Next Wave of Cloud Computing?

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In recent weeks at conferences and the like I have had the opportunity to talk with a number of cloud product and service providers about customer discussions. My questions were more related to the frame of mind of customers (CIO’s and decision makers) and whether they viewed Cloud as a “big lever” to pull.
Tuesday, May 10 2011

Take Aways from @Redhat Summit

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Last week at RedHat Summit (presos, webcasts here) reinforced some of my views on RedHat. Although not the most prominent vendor in the cloud marketing media, they have not been sitting around. From Jim Whitehurst’s keynote, to the range of sessions on IaaS and PaaS, it’s clear the strategy is picking up momentum. With enterprise adoption of “cloud architectures” said to be ramping up in the next 24 months. The timing appears to be good.