Thought Leader Series with Treb Ryan, CEO of OpSource
Treb’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.
Looking forward to the Redhat Summit next week in Boston with a theme of “Platform, Middleware, Virtualization, Cloud”. The cloud market is dominated by a lot of startups, with some goliath size companies still waiting in the wings. Depending your point of view, they are either lumbering dinosaurs unaware of the next evolutionary shift, or if you are like me, I think they are poised to strike.
- improved utilization (10% to 90%) enabled by virtualization/consolidation & elasticity
- the economies (power, operations, HW purchase etc..) of scale of multi-tenant cloud scale hosting
The Armada Group, Cloud Evaluation Framework (CEF) [left] is a tool to understand the value of deploying an application onto a cloud architecture. It includes six categories, one of which is Workload.
“What we need to succeed is a good cloud strategy!”
If this is what you are thinking or doing at the moment, then stop! Right now. The 1990′s called and they want their IT organization back. As a middle manager I remember sitting in an offsite meeting, with <insert big consulting firm> facilitating a two day workshop on developing our <insert latest fad> strategy. The end result was a magnificent slide deck and a beautifully bound color report. And then nothing happened. Even worse are the “Assessments” that inspect every detail of your people, process and technology, disrupting business as usually and costing tens of thousands. I am not against collaborative working, workshops or thinking about the future, but there has to be a short-term valuable outcome.