It's that time again. Today we take a look at 1Q 2011 to see which Cloud
players are gaining mindshare. You can guarantee that the Cloud computing
segment will be even more exciting to watch in 2011 than it was in 2010 as
large enterprise information technology companies continue their rapid
restructuring to an on-demand cloud computing model by gobbling up tasty
Cloud morsels seeking to save time and money in the process by adding proven,
high quality Cloud solutions to their portfolios.
The easy pickings are disappearing quickly as the giants of IT put their
healthy cash positions to work in an effort to win over the hearts and minds
of SMB and corporate customer.
It won't be easy as new entrants to the enterprise market like Amazon and
Google charge ahead at breathtaking speeds threatening the legacy player's
While those companies are not held back by... (more)
The notion that one huge, well-run data center is more energy efficient than
thousands of average data centers is at the crux of a study recently
concluded on behalf of NetSuite, a vendor of ERP and other business
management software that offers its solutions under a software-as-a-service
(SaaS) model. With SaaS, the vendor hosts and runs the system for you in the
Internet cloud, thus doing away with the need for your own data center
capacity for the applications you use via the cloud.
According to the NetSuite announcement on the study-conducted by green
solutions provider Gree... (more)
Early Bird at Cloud Expo
In part 1 and part 2 we covered the alignment between strategy,
organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing; and discussed the
risk of innovation in the cloud. Now lets turn our attention towards our
Innovation in the world of business occurs in organizations ready to take an
acceptable level of managed, calculated, and measured risks.
While it’s true that an airplane is safest in the hangar, that’s not what
airplanes are for, and it would likely make for one unhappy pilot, wasting
her skill, education, and training... (more)
Have you been exploring the cloud computing business paradigm? Perhaps
you’ve heard it getting louder over the last few years? It certainly
seems to be the case particularly in the last 6-12 months as the economic
situation and environmental sustainability concerns have amplified those
aspects of cloud computing.
Some will point out the lack of standards, privacy, security and data
concerns, and rightfully so. However, we’ve seen this story play out
before so lets put it in context. Other common refrains of paradigm shifts
Who needs a personal computer in ever... (more)
The shift to cloud computing is underway, and to some degree I can understand
the concerns of organizations with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of
thousands of employees, though they too can benefit from this shift to cloud
computing through an on premise approach.
What interests me are the reasons why companies with less than 1,000
employees are not aggressively investigating or pursuing cloud computing.
Given their size, flexibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and their agility,
they stand to benefit long before larger organizations.
If you’re a small to medium size business o... (more)