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One of the leading problems plaguing IT organizations is the high costs of operations and maintenance.  The industry average is roughly 70% with some organizations going as high as 90%. Picking apart these costs one often finds a stratified organization focused on narrow bands of compu...
I didn’t know whether I should chuckle cynically or slow clap the recent hubris of an Amazon executive, quoted in InformationWeek, with a tech prediction set to be fulfilled in a mere ten years: Amazon: Era Of Data Centers Ending: The era in which most big companies operate their own d...
I just spent 3 days in Bangalore for a board meeting. Staying in south Bangalore around JP Nagar and Jayanagar area feels like the old Bangalore of yesteryears – greenery all around, spring flowers, no high rise apartment buildings, and … May. 3, 2012 05:45 AM EDT  Reads: 7,136
Over a year ago, I wrote my initial thoughts on VMware's CloudFoundry PaaS platform. Over the past year, the platform has
If you are unfamiliar with the term “Consumerization of IT” or CoIT then you may think that it means “IT has become a consumer product”. But that is not interpretation which is generally accepted. Traditionally, adoption of Information Technology used to start with defense & governme...
This is Part III in a series by 6fusion Co-founder and CEO John Cowan on the emerging trend of Cloud Brokerage and the impact it will have on the technology industry and markets. Be sure to check out Part I of the series here and Part II here.
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As cloud-based applications grow and become more pervasive in our personal and business computing landscape, fixed and mobile networks will become even more vital as the platform that enhances the way we live, work, play and learn. Check out our new infographic to learn how region is c...
Recently Gartner has come up with a press release which talks about Five Cloud Computing Trends That Will Affect Cloud Strategy Through 2015. The release talks about 5 points – (1) Formal Decision Frameworks Facilitate Cloud Investment Optimization, (2) Hybrid Cloud Computing Is an Imp...
Study after study refutes the myth that cybersecurity is compromised by malicious, brilliant hackers. Advanced persistent threats, state-sponsored hackers, and foreign intelligence agencies are serious threats, especially to major targets, but the vast majority of breaches and leaks re...
We have worked with many APIs here at Layer 7. And over time we’ve seen it all, ranging from the good to the bad. We even see the downright ugly. Now a good API is a beautiful thing; it encourages innovation, abstracts appropriately, and is designed with enough forethought that nobody ...
A recent and rather ambitious outlook on Cisco at Motley Fool entitled “Cisco and the Golden Age of the Internet “ talks about the rise in internet traffic and the growth potential it holds for companies like Cisco.  While the article does mention competitive pressures (from the likes ...
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is expected to increase cloud-computing expenditures by the combined by only 3 percent annually for the next several years, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan. “Total cloud spending will grow from $676 million in 2011 to $740 m...
When I post a job opening for a Senior Java Developer, people send me resumes, and their titles match my post title. But the meaning of the word “senior” varies depending on the geography. Here in the USA a 22-24y.o. person graduates from college and starts as an intern or ...
Like their business counterparts, IT has proven to be amazingly adaptive in times of challenge. Wary for business’s growing dissatisfaction, with a few wise course corrections, for example the adoption of data virtualization, IT can continue as business’s vehicle for success. Business...
“Everyone loves standards so much they each want one of their own.” I first heard this saying when the two Unix variants, AT&T System V and BSD (aka Berkeley Unix), were vying for server-OS supremacy a generation ago. The saying also applied to layers in the OSI networking model, t...
A very exciting report published by the Sand Hill Group and sponsored by SAP recently came out about the impact cloud has on the economy and the workforce. When it comes to cloud, most people think about companies with direct cloud investments such as hosting or hardware.
HP is poised to excel from its unique position to grow right along with the global cloud market for many years. Tuesday HP filled out its cloud computing strategy, a broad-based set of products and services, that set a date (finally!) for its public cloud debut (May 10). By waiting ...
The BYOD revolution may have an unintended multiplier effect for cloud computing – when people bring their own devices to work, the company's not paying for them and thereby reducing its capital expenditure. I gained this little insight during an interview last week with a cloud-ser...
Throughout the evolution of computing the bus speed, i.e. interconnects, between various components on the main board have traditionally been one of the most limiting factors in terms of computing performance. When considering interconnects between disparate hardware resources such as ...
My first thought when I received the news that SAP is acquiring Syclo, was, "Smart move SAP!" I respect the fact that SAP is willing to double down on enterprise mobility. I also respect the fact that SAP is willing to brave the inevitable criticism for having bought the same solution...
Integrated solutions are a must of you are a large technology company as it helps CIOs focus on innovation instead of IT maintenance. Several companies are building automation into their tools to deliver a robust solution to optimize IT development and delivery.
Whenever there is a split between partners - it creates a lot of buzz in the industry with speculation on how it will eventually determine winners and losers. Sometimes the winners and losers are adjacent players and not the main players of the story.
Citrix has gone into competition with the vaunted OpenStack. Last week it dumped its OpenStack distribution, Project Olympus, in the garbage. Then it took CloudStack, an asset it spent somewhere between $200 million and $250 million to acquire nine months ago, and turned it ove...
The age of Software might just be over. And I’m glad. It’s not that software will disappear forever, but increasingly, it will be difficult for the traditional software business model to compete against “Software as a Service” business models.
As we inch toward the next Cloud Expo in New York, the world inches toward cloud computing. The progress has an inevitability to it, as it seems just a matter of time for the day when “computing” equals cloud computing. The findings of the recent “IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study, ...
View from my Hotel in Seoul As I sit here in downtown Seoul waiting for my various meeting...
There are trainwrecks in the making within every company with an IT department. Getting the business and IT sides on the same page has been a quest ever since people started sneaking PCs into the office a generation ago; cloud computing, it seems, is only exacerbating, rather than solv...
Jobs is still the top priority among a large segment of the population and its use in future projections needs to be well understood by those making decisions
More than three out of five IT and security executives surveyed by IDG Enterprise say there will be long-term cost savings associated with cloud computing, even as short-term costs run higher. Other findings in this new report include: The same percentage (63 percent) say they will in...
One of the primary objectives of our Drummond Cloud report is to establish the ‘ITaaS Business Value Alignment’ program within our Cloud Best Practices. A foundation part of moving to Cloud services is a moved from fixed cost IT, where you pay up front for your hardware, software an...
The Obama Administration has directed several government agencies to require the use of Facebook sign-on for all online services, effective immediately. The directive covers the Social Security Administration, Veteran's Administration, and the Department of the Treasury, among others. ...
HP has been in the Philippines since 1996, and recently expanded its presence there by opening a pair of new executive centers in modern Taguig City within Metro Manila. No less a personage than country President Benigno Aquino III was present at the centers' inauguration, noting “our ...
Cloud computing is exacerbating the traditional divide between the business and IT sides, according to a new study by Forrester Consulting on behalf of BMC, as “CIOs are concerned that business leaders see cloud computing as a way to circumvent IT,” according to the report. Thus, hi...
As Big Data soars to the top of this year's enterprise IT “American Top 40” list, it's educational to take a look at how the topic will be handled at the upcoming Big Data Expo (which is co-located with Cloud Expo in New York June 11-14.) I used the word “transformative” in a recent...
A cloud is a cloud is a cloud is a cloud. Or so it seems to Michael Crandell, CEO of RightScale, which has just announced that 87 percent of its customer cloud usage “comes from customers using more than one cloud provider and cloud type.” “This confirms the growing trend to leverag...
Privacy & Lock-In Lead India's Cloud Concerns Although 91% of organizations in India “consider cloud relevant to (their) business,” according to the recent Cloud Maturity Index, two-thirds “strongly agreed” that data privacy and residency is a major concern, and 61% expressed fears ...
Cloud computing is “a priority” for 87 percent of companies surveyed in China for the Cloud Maturity Index, a report produced by Forrester on behalf of WMware's Singapore office. This is twice the percentage reported only two years ago, according to WMware. Additionally, 68 percent ...
Australian business executives are now more concerned about data privacy than security, according to the second annual Cloud Maturity Index, published by Forrester on behalf of VMware's Singapore office. The survey included 1,078 respondents in Australia across multiple vertical sector...
In its 25th year of thrilling audiences, Cirque Du Soleil has mastered the art, among many others, of creating a world view, or viewpoint, that transports audiences to new worlds, making them ready to be thrilled. By the time the show opens, you are already a raving fan. What does thi...


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