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One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application failure before they know about it.  That’s why services like Tap In Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption. Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the beta in the near future.  They are actively seeking beta customers as well, particularly from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.”  He did reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core application” with 200 EC2 instances. Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)

Open Source Cloud Bits

Last week I got into a nice discussion on Twitter regarding the role of open source in an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) stack.  With open source cloud stacks from Eucalyptus, Cloud.com, Abiquo and others competing against proprietary source solutions from Enomaly, VMware and others, this can get fairly confusing quickly. For clarity, here is my position on open source vs. proprietary source in this aspect of the market:  both have a role to play and natively one is not better or more advantaged than the other.  However, when you get into the details there are factors that m... (more)

Cloud Computing Opinion: More Froth, But More Clarity Too

The cloud stack market continues to go through waves and gyrations, but increasingly now the future is becoming more clear.  As I have been writing about for a while, the number of competitors in the market for “cloud stacks” is totally unsustainable.  There are really only four “camps” now in the cloud stack business that matter. The graphic below shows only some of the more than 40 cloud stacks I know about (and there are many I surely am not aware of). VMware is really on its own.  Not only do they ship the hypervisor used by the vast majority of enterprises, but with vCloud ... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: The Gartner Cloud vs. Everybody Else

Gartner analyst Lydia Leong was kind enough to respond to an email I sent her regarding this debate over Gartner’s $46 billion cloud computing market.  To be clear, I enjoy Ms. Leong’s CloudPundit blog and generally believe that she gets cloud computing.  She was kind enough to respond to my email with her thoughts up on CloudPundit. Here is an excerpt of my reply: Thanks for responding.  I have access to the press release - not the full report.  The press release disputes what you say.  It talks only about IT services and not consumers (the words “consumer” or “consumerization” ... (more)

IBM Smart Business #CloudComputing Press Release (DRAFT)

*** DRAFT - UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL JUNE 16, 2009 at 12:01AM ET Published here after NY Times broke the embargo IBM Readies Cloud for Business New Choices to Automate and Simplify IT for Inefficient Business Tasks ARMONK, NY – JUNE 16, 2009 – IBM today introduced the industry’s first set of “cloud” services and integrated products for the enterprise. This will give clients a reliable way to standardize IT functions that are rapidly becoming too costly or difficult to use. Based on nearly two years of research and hundreds of client engagements, the IBM Smart Business cloud portfolio ... (more)