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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.

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.
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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.
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.
Wednesday, Apr 27 2011

Importance of Many Clouds

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.

Saturday, Apr 23 2011

April 21: In 2 Bullet Points

There is so much posted on the AWS outage in the north east.. Some great detailed blogs on designing high availability for the cloud, some people who survived, and the modern equivalent of CNN moments for those who didn’t, why this was the app owners fault and not amazon and vice versa.. As always, there is alot of fluff around the cloud. Who is at fault and who is to blame ? Is the cloud a failed concept? Hyped up load of bollocks.
Wednesday, Apr 13 2011

ROI: Justifying the Cloud

A classic use of ROI or its twin TCO is in the Microsoft Economics of the Cloud, Nov 2010 paper. The conclusion is you can improve TCO by up to 80% by using applications in public cloud versus on-premise deployment. The basics of the calculation being;
  • 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
ball-rubber1Is your private cloud elastic, or just a tightly wrapped ball of rubber. One of the essential characteristics defined by NIST for cloud computing is “Rapid Elasticity”.  I blogged about Workload Elasticity Profiles in a previous post , but in the war between private and public cloud, people question whether you can actually unleash the elasticity from that ball of rubber bands. “Can a private cloud can be elastic?”
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Rightly described in the article Enterprise clouds: The secret is the workload by Tony Bishop, the workload is the most important factor when evaluating applications for the cloud. 

armada-cef2-285x300The 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!”

stop-signIf 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.

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