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Hello – When I started this blog in 2009 I chose to build my brand around CloudBzz as a way to set myself apart and to drive home my deep focus on cloud computing. The results were fantastic and I was able to use CloudBzz to create a real identity in this space. It has […]
Back in 2009 I posted about the “Great Cloud Shakeout” and the coming market consolidation into a few very large clouds. Nearly 5 1/2 years later and it’s about (long past?) time I took another look to see how I did. Back then I predicted that the market would be dominated by “mega CSP...
The rise of cloud computing is a perfect opportunity to rethink your IT governance model in a fundamental way. Read the first part of this column for a discussion of how to reshape IT governance to add value, rather than hold a business back. Many enterprises place prohibitions on the ...
An overhaul of your IT governance framework can be fun and profitable. This may sound a little far-fetched, but bear with me. IT leaders, including chief information officers (CIOs), must ensure proper governance over all aspects of the IT estate. IT governance focuses on five core pri...
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Thoughts on cloud, Cloud Technology Partners, and PaaSLane
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My favorite and least favorite question I get is the same – “Can you help me build a business case and ROI for cloud computing?” Well, yes… and no. The issue is that cloud computing has such a massive impact on how IT is delivered that many of the metrics and KPIs that are typically u...
I will make this simple. There is only one question you need to ask yourself or your IT department to determine if what you have is really an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud. Can I get a VM in 5-10 minutes? Perhaps a little bit more detailed? Can a properly credentialed user, wit...
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 ...
VMware has applied to join the OpenStack Foundation, potentially giving the burgeoning open source cloud stack movement a huge dose of credibility in the enterprise. There are risks to the community in VMware’s involvement, of course, but on the balance this could be a pivotal event. T...
Google launched its new “Google Compute Engine” yesterday at I/O. Here’s more info about GCE on the Google Developer’s Blog, and a nice analysis by Ben Kepes on CloudAve. If “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” then it’s clear the guys at Google hold the Amazon Web Services E...
Red Hat has been making steady progress toward what is shaping up as a fairly interesting cloud strategy. Building on their Deltacloud API abstraction layer and their CloudForms IaaS software, a hybrid cloud model is starting to emerge. Add to this their OpenShift PaaS system, and you...
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 infrastructure operations. Application developers (with or without the bless...
Okay – this is easy… or is it? Lots of people continue to perpetuate the idea that the AWS APIs are a de facto standard, so we should just all move on about it. At the same time, everybody seems to acknowledge the fact that Amazon has never ever indicated that they want to be a true ...
Yes, this is a delayed post. But hey, I’m busy. The Eucalyptus – AWS announcement last week was really a great case of Much Ado About Nothing. Marten Mickos is a great marketer, and the positioning in this story was almost magical. For a while there it seemed that Amazon had trul...
It was widely reported today that Eucalyptus had struck some kind of deal with Amazon. The details of the deal, unfortunately, have been lacking. There’s no press release on either the AWS or Eucalyptus web sites or that I can find through Google News, PR Newswire, BusinessWire or ot...
Despite the fact that cloud is part of the daily conversation in many enterprises, I still find a significant gap in many places in terms of a true understanding of that it means. This is somewhat compounded by the reliance on standard definitions of cloud computing from NIST and other...
Simon Wardley and I had a quick exchange about the sloppily written and factually inaccurate writing of Wired’s Jon Stokes. Simon commented about a November post on Wired CloudLine. I’m sorry, but if you’re renting out your cloud, it’s public – so you’re building a public cloud and yo...
The FBI seized popular upload site Megaupload.com yesterday. They took the site down and now own the servers. I am not an attorney, and I have no opinion on whether or not the MegaUpload guys were breaking laws or encouraging users to violate copyrights through illegal uploading and ...
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...
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You’d think as we head into the waning months of 2011 that there’d be little left to discuss regarding the definition of cloud IT. Well, not quite yet. Having spent a lot of time with clients working on their cloud strategies and planning, I’ve come to learn that the definition of cl...
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TechCrunch reported today that Citrix has acquired Cloud.com for > $200m. This is a great exit for a very talented team at Cloud.com and I’m not surprised at their success. Cloud.com has had great success in the market, especially in the last 12 months. This is both in the service p...
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A new year is often a time for reflection on the past and pondering the future. 2010 was certainly a momentous year for cloud computing. An explosion of tools for creating clouds, a global investment rush by service providers, a Federal “cloud first” policy, and more. But in the wor...
Ok, I know that this is dangerous.  Randy is a very smart guy and he has a lot [...]
A recurring challenge I have with a lot of enterprise vendor “cloud” solutions I get briefed on is [...]
Despite the NoSQL hype, traditional relational databases are not going away any time soon. In fact, based on continued market evolution and development, SQL is very much alive and doing well. I won't debate the technical merits of SQL vs. NoSQL here, even if I were qualified to do so...