If you have not seen or read James Urquhar’s recent articles on “’Go
to’ clouds of the future”, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great
assessment of today’s service providers position in the marketplace as they
transition to cloud computing models.
I’m inclined to agree with several of the points that James makes in
“’Go to’ clouds of the future” particularly when he states,
“start-ups and small businesses will be seeking integrated services, either
from one vendor, or a highly integrated vendor ecosystem.” He also adds,
“But there are very few companies out there today that can achieve broad IT
This is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to lately in
discussions and email exchanges with hosting companies. When I ask, “How
are you preparing for cloud computing?” The answers range from, “we are
the cloud” to “we provide cloud o... (more)
We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way
into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC
company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard
way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud).
Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud)
solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs
will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring
on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space
with its shift to a... (more)
What can these things possibly have in common? In a word - relativity.
I'm reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they
notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the
other says, "What are you doing? We can't swim faster than a shark", the
other replies, "I don't need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than
Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security,
and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.
Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing... (more)
Vanilla, Chocolate or a Swirl? Rocky Road may be next as it looks like a
bumpy ride ahead.
The popular kids on the cloud computing block are the public types, which
makes sense to me, particularly at this early junction of the industry.
Though a common opinion by industry insiders is that we will see many
different approaches as existing technology companies seek to position
themselves in this segment.
Some of those potential alternative arrangements (at least in theory) are
Cloud Computing Models
- Public: Off Premise. Pay for service designed, built, and ... (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)