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I’ve been intrigued by two recent and fairly consistent comments made by cloud thought leaders about the power and significance of the under-hyped private cloud. Zynga CTO Debra Chrapaty recently commented about the Zynga migration from public to private cloud centricity. Zynga own...
The Cloud community have been talking recently about Everything as a Service; they call it EaaS. At first hearing it’s an interesting idea, another acronym to complement IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Unfortunately it’s rather like the tail wagging the dog! The Cloud community use the term Serv...
Maybe you’ve noticed but I’ve been on an infographic kick lately – especially when it’s something interesting. This time it is an aggregated infographic of data primarily from Forrester, IDC and Gartner as it pertains to the cloud’s impact and adoption thru 2015. According to ...
“cCommerce” – Cloud-based eCommerce, will be made possible through Cloud hosting providers achieving compliance with security frameworks like PCI, the requirements for credit card processing. This will unlock the floodgates of Cloud adoption and usher in a new age of ...
A common topic when discussing Cloud is that it’s only about migrating your existing apps ‘into the Cloud’, when actually a more likely and productive scenario is keeping your legacy where it is and instead using the Cloud as an “overlay architecture“. Ind...
The big shift towards Cloud environments has started. It is now clear that this change is similar in magnitude to the shift from mainframe to client-server computing two decades ago. Amazon Web Services is the pioneer and market leader in Cloud computing space.
The Euro was started so that Germany would never attack France again. This was an historical diplomatic breakthrough. But today, although Europe's financial leaders have not sought my advice on either economic policy or hotel behavior, it is clear that the Euro must let some of its ...
It seems like every time a major cloud provider runs into an outage (like yesterday), the topic of cloud SLAs rises to the surface. But in many cases the benefit of an SLA may be limited to using it as a paper handkerchief to dry the tears of frustration of the user, while he waits fo...
The Microsoft Surface sort-of debut shows that the company is neither “all in” when it comes to tablet computing nor when it comes to its hardware partners. Ballmer's windy warm-up remarks about the Gates-Allen vision of “great software and hardware working together” provided one of...
Don’t put all eggs in one basket! June 14, 2012 outage at Amazon Web Services affected many customers and other clouds that rely on AWS (e.g. Heroku). Instead of going back to the “is cloud reliable” debate, we need to acknowledge that no single service will ever be 1...
I've recently written a bit about the job opportunities with PaaS taking over the software development world. One of the great promises of PaaS is the same as one of cloud's big benefits – the illusion of infinite scalability and elasticity. Configure a PaaS platform with a cloud i...
“It's the same old tune, fiddle and guitar, where do we take it from here.” – Waylon Jennings (RIP). Waylon was talking about change in this song, which was entitled “Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way?” His view was that one could build on a great legacy – in this case, country mu...
Cloud computing has crossed a Rubicon of sorts, and is now being embraced by a majority of enterprise IT shops – at least according to attendees and vendors at last week's Cloud Expo in New York. I remember interviewing Hal Stern (late of Sun and Oracle) a couple of years ago at th...
I got a BSOD the other day, while harmlessly searching for an original Churchill citation, via Google Chrome on a semi-ancient Acer laptop loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic. Hello darlin'. Nice to see you. It's been a long time. You're just as lovely as you used to be. (Apologie...
Is there anything worse than being shut in a metal tube at 38,000 ft with no communication to the outside world for many hours? This has been the case for years, but for the International Business Traveler it could be classed as a 'perk' of the job and a necessity for the holidaymaker....
Once you get all that cool cloud stuff into your enterprise, you have to manage it. This is no doubt the thinking behind EMC's acquisition of Watch4Net, a 12-year-old Montreal-based company that provides “enterprise and carrier-class” performance management software. EMC made a spate...
The only cloud-computing myth is that there are cloud-computing myths. Instead, there are many articles about cloud myths, an endless parade of strawman arguments put out by writers, analysts, and marketers that lectures us on why we're so stupid to believe the “myths” that cloud ...
When I joined Cisco in 1996, I was sitting in new-hire orientation and distinctly remember one of the VPs tell us that, "we are a software company". I remember being surprised at this, because we had just finished touring an incredible lab filled with huge boxes of blinking lights. Bu...
If (er, I mean when) you attend Cloud Expo in New York in a couple of weeks, where does your thinking lead you beyond the United States? If you're solely focused on a local challenge – whether building and deploying a cloud project or initiative, or selling technology – then perhap...
Since the 1970s, authors like Alvin Toffler, Daniel Bell and John Naisbitt have predicted the post-industrial society. They forecast the end of the industrial era and the dominance of services and information.
Cloud computing already has trimmed some businesses' IT costs. But a report found that it also could be the next big thing to help reduce their energy use, according to greenbiz.com The fourth annual Energy Efficient IT Report – by technology products and services seller CDW – calls c...

Cloud computing has been a key buzzword on the lips of every IT pro for the past several years. However, as more and more cloud solutions make it down to the consumer market, the meaning can get lost or muzzled. After all, with millions of users walking around talking about iCloud, ...

This year at Splunk Live, CTOvision editor and Crucial Point CTO Bob Gourley provided a keynote on predicting the future of information technology, outlining some of his methods and what we can learn from each.
(Note: Normally I write about Cloud Computing. But I wanted to pause for a second; will return to the Cloud tomorrow!) Memorial Day is my favorite holiday. There's a solemnity to it. No fireworks, no presents, no redemption. There is a barbecue and the Indy 500, adding a celebrat...
10. It's an approach, not a technology 9. It's truly global, in the way that food and oil are global 8. It levels the playing field for developing companies and developing nations 7. It's revived the software industry in a way that was unthinkable a decade ago 6. It fosters...
Here are the Tau Index Omega leaders as of late 2011. I'm looking forward to see how things change in the results I'll present at Cloud Expo. Tau Index Omega - Global Top 25 1. South Korea 2. Bulgaria 3. Ukraine 4. Lithuania 5. Romania 6. Hungary 7. Vietnam 8. Estonia 9. ...
As Cloud Expo in New York approaches, I'm working to update my Tau Index country rankings. The index integrates economic data with national ICT expenditures, Internet access and speeds, and societal factors. I've created a “raw” index that simply measures the amount of ICT purchase...
The PaaS competition heats up with Amazon adding ASP.NET support to its AWS Elastic Beanstalk environment and MS SQL Server to the Amazon RDS offerings. This is a significant announcement from Amazon as it draws the battle lines with Microsoft which is aggressively positioning Windows ...
The Facebook IPO has no direct relevance to how IT professionals do their jobs. I'm sure everyone will be watching it today, though, and wasting, er, spending a lot of time discussing it. Thus comes my responsibility as a member of the IT industry's Fourth Estate to write about it. ...
There was a time during the height of the dot-com boom when executives in Silicon Valley believed that Washington, DC was irrelevant. As two generations of entrepreneurs strived to build The New Economy, it was laughable to think that the ancient dunderheads back in our nation's capita...
HP have joined the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market and released their HP Cloud service in public beta. Here’s the announcement press release. The services on offer are: Available Now as Public Beta
Enthusiastic startup communities continue to emerge in the Philippines. Last fall, I reported on an event known as “Startup Weekend Manila.” Now a vibrant event has concluded in Cebu City, the country's second-largest metro area. Startup Weekend Cebu produced some 20 software ideas o...
Shadow IT is a good thing for IT organizations…and here’s why… It is important to first understand what Shadow IT is and why it happens. Shadow IT is commonly referred to when non-IT organizations delve into the delivery of technology solutions…without IT’s involvement. It happen...
As we approach the upcoming Cloud Expo in cosmopolitan, worldly New York City, my thoughts turn again to the global dimension of IT and what IT means to the world. It seems axiomatic that IT drives a rising tide that lifts all boats, and the question to me is now who has the biggest...
While some are happy to debate definitions of cloud computing, I prefer to focus on the characteristics that make successful companies, successful. Lately th...
It’s April in Vancouver, which got me thinking about clouds.  Although the IT buzz in 2012 has been dominated by mobile and big data, Cloud computing is still a hot topic, especially since it is an enabler for both. In the public Cloud space, Google just launched Drive.
In my last column, I discussed how Always-On can now be seen for what it is: a potential biological addiction. In a world where we are never far away from an electronic, online screen, we increasingly feel an inner urge to check our emails, social media pages and IM in every circumsta...
I can barely control my indignation when I read articles about Google Plus as a tool for “social collaboration”. These articles sometimes come from writers I respect. I guess we have a difference of opinion on this. Here are my reasons why I think Google Plus is not a tool for social c...
This week I published our latest Cloud Best Practices white paper, called ‘Microsoft Cloud 2.0‘. The main activity of the CBPN is this vendor matching, i.e. we identify the best practice model, and then describe how different vendors can be used to implement those models. I...
On Saturday, April 28, the FCC released the full un-redacted report on Google’s Street View project. The report is only 25 pages long and can be found at the bottom of this post.  I find the following tidbits particularly interesting: “ …Engineer Doe developed Wi-Fi d...


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