Sunday, Sep 04 2011

Competing with AWS

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.
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.

The open-source movement is growing rapidly and is having a major impact on the way businesses model their IT strategies. We will examine these impacts over the next several blog posts.

One of the business areas where open source is beginning to have a noticeable effect is cloud computing. Free and open source software (FOSS) is software that is liberally licensed to grant users the right to use, study, change, and improve its design by allowing access to its source code.

We have had a busy couple of weeks at Armada. In the past two weeks, we have published a couple of interesting articles on upcoming trends in cloud computing. Below is a quick recap with links to the full publications: