The NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on
IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives. I’ve posted the full release
here on CloudBzz.
The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where
they are heading.
IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail. Here is a
fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative:
Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business
Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings
for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver
and consume cloud services to drive efficiency, productivity and control.
Smart Business Services – cloud services delivered:
1: Private cloud services, behind your firewall, built by IBM.
2: Standardized services on the IBM cloud
Smart Business Systems – purpose-built infrastructure
3. IBM CloudBurst: Pre-integrated har... (more)
Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering
with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica. One of the bigger objections to cloud
BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission
critical data to a public insecure cloud?
With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at
Amazon as they are in your data center. Why wouldn’t you use the cloud
for your BI needs?
After spending time at VMware and Cloud Expo last week, I believe that
VMware’s lack of full backing for Cloud Foundry software is holding back
the entire PaaS market in the enterprise.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of momentum in PaaS despite how very
immature the market is. But this momentum is in pockets and largely outside
of the core of software development in the enterprise. CloudFoundry.com might
be moving along, but most enterprises don’t want to run the bulk of their
applications in a public cloud. Only through the Cloud Foundry software layer
will enterprises reall... (more)
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)
I have been having a great debate with one of my colleagues about the
changing role of the IT operations (aka “I&O”) function in the context of
PaaS. Nobody debates that I&O is responsible and accountable for
Application developers (with or without the blessing of Enterprise
Architecture) select platform components such as application servers,
middleware, etc. I&O keeps the servers running – probably up to the
operating system. The app owners then manage their apps and the platform
components. I&O has no SLAs on the platform, etc.
In the PaaS era,... (more)