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Application transformation is happening all around us and we are now compelled to reshape much of what we do in the enterprise IT space to meet the new challenges being thrown up, some of which stem from a change in user behavior outside of the workplace. Information technology phenom...
The Run! radio show is a new podcast developed by Marc Farley, author of Storage Networking and many other books, and now an executive with StorSimple. I am a regular contributor, as is Matthew Brender, an engineer with EMC. In our second episode, we discuss social media. Actually, we ...
South Korea leads the Asia Pacific region “in planning to adopt cloud computing,” according to the annual Cloud Maturity Index conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of WMware's Singapore office. The report says there are still concerns about security “and a lack of general un...
I reported earlier on a new report entitled The Power of Cloud from IBM, in which it said cloud computing's potential within enterprise IT remains “virtually untapped,” and in which it identified three types of cloud adopters: optimizers, innovators, and disruptors. I was able to fo...
OASIS launched its TOSCA initiative a few months ago, with the goal of creating open standards to allow, or in its word, “enhance,” the portability of cloud apps and service. A quest for such a meta-standard would be welcomed by companies who fear lock-in with, say, Amazon AWS. It woul...
The build vs. buy debate for integration stacks continues unabated. Robin Smith from Virtual Logistics interviews Hollis Tibbetts to get to the bottom of this important issue. I had a great phone conversation with (SaaS Integration pioneer) Boomi founder Rick Nucci about a month ago o...
Cloud computing creates jobs. That's the assessment, or plaintive wish, of an increasing number of reports and articles that I've seen over the past couple of weeks. These analyses are driven no doubt by widespread concerns by IT managers and executives that cloud – through efficien...
There are a few things bugging me that I'd like to air out. Over the last few months, I've seen and experienced some things that make me wonder if B2B marketing is evolving or stuck in the mud and applying old thinking that no longer works in a new context.
According to Reuters.com blogger Felix Salmon, tomorrow - Tuesday, March 13 - will see an announcement by CNN that it is intending to buy Mashable.com for $200 million.
It's early March, and it seems there are several Big Issues emerging this year. They're all connected, and whether addressed singly or as a whole are making things absolutely maddening for IT managers, technology developers and marketers, and worst of all, me. How I long for the day...
The Philippines has been successful over the past decade in developing a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry that generates US$11 billion annually, with an ambitious goal of expanding this to $25 billion by the year 2016. (This in a country with a GDP of about $200 billion.) T...

Enterprises and companies of all sizes are always on the lookout for ways to decrease their energy consumption, whether it’s to save money during budget-crunch time, to streamline and create a more efficient infrastructure, or simply a desire to operate a green environment.

Andreessen Horowitz has a model I have not seen at any other Venture Capital firm, and that model is paying off for a broad ecosystem of companies, investors and enterprise IT professionals. From the standpoint of an enterprise technologist, the payoff will come by their support of fir...
My post last week about the Great Open Cloud Debate drew some quick comments, including a nice, detailed message from Boris Scharinger, a Germany-based CTO from Atos. I had mentioned a lack of real information in a press release from a new trio of “open cloud” providers – VMware, E...
We are in the midst of the Cloud services & SaaS offering land grab.  As an ISV selling cloud services or SaaS offerings your objective is to get more partners selling more of your products faster than ever.  It’s up to you to ramp up new partners and make them effective righ...
I met Peter Griess last night and heard him talk about his career. Even though he still has plenty of years ahead of him, he has already worked for NetApp, Yahoo, and now Facebook. He was part of a nine-person … Continue r...
Last year saw some of the biggest security breaches to date, and some large organizations are feeling the heat. Anonymous and LulzSec made their presence known, taking on a large number targets. RSA suffered a massive breach, inadvertently putting the security of its many customers in ...
In order to achieve the elasticity benefit of the Cloud for a distributed application, it’s essential for the application tier to be stateless. The Cloud may need to spawn additional instances to handle the load, and any particular instance may crash. But because the Cloud is highly av...
I joined Marc Farley, Matthew Brender, and Sean Thulin in the launch of a new online radio show called Run! last week. The first broadcast has now been posted. Marc is a storage-industry veteran and author of Building Storage Networks, the industry's Bible. He was a key figure in th...
I've been reading revelations and epiphanies about Big Data over the past couple of weeks. More than just bigger data, Big Data in its new definition seems to be causing mindmelds, meltdowns, and meta-musings. Formerly reserved for massive, supercomputer applications such as meteoro...
The furor over “open” cloud computing seems to have abated a bit. It may rekindle as Cloud Expo approaches, when most companies in the industry will stake and re-stake their marketing positions. So, revisiting a bit, what is “open cloud” all about? Cloudscaling ignited things early ...
It was a dark and stormy night. I've been back in the US a month how, returning after three years in Asia. The internet service at my office has been spotty, slowed down by a creaky, cranky LAN, and my new home office was still being set up. Finally got a relatively high-speed c...
The Spirit of SOPA does well in a new cloud-computing report from The Business Software Alliance. Asia, in general, does not. Viewing numerous aspects – establishing IT infrastructure, ensuring data privacy and portability, promoting security, battling cybercrime, protecting intelle...
Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle in 1906 for a reason; the meatpacking industry had practices that were unsanitary and vile. The novel led directly to government legislation and the beginnings of the FDA and other federal regulatory agencies. President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican...
A new Forrester report takes a look at cloud computing's potential in the Asia Pacific region. Although it ignores South Korea for some reason, it does provide some fun facts and forecasts about China, India, Japan, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The report, based on interviews with...
IT purveyors and executives looking for new sources and markets have been bombarded with tales of the potential of the four BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China – since London-based, Goldman Sachs economist James O'Neill coined the term in the 90s. More recently, Mr. O...
CloudScale's re-launch this week as an “open cloud” company, coupled with an announcement of an Open Cloud Alliance by giants Atos, EMC, and VMware has ignited a new controversy and debate. A previous spate of “cloudwashing” allegations are now joined by cries of “open washing” and...
The term cloud computing came from the ubiquitous use of a nice, fluffy cumulus cloud to represent the Intternet in a generation of presentations. Its most accurate usage today describes an offsite, virtualized, metered, scalable on-demand grid, delivered through the Internet. And ...
I'm more of a words-and-numbers person than a graphically oriented one, but do find occasional insight in a number of these wild cloud infographics that are going around. One of them, from Cisco's Global Cloud Index, recently caught my attention – because of some of the incredible numb...
Last year marked a 10-year high for venture capitalists in terms of deals and dollars. This year is starting off just as hot. Joyent just announced an $85 million D round, bringing its total to date to about $115 million.
President Obama has committed himself to a return of manufacturing jobs in the United States. His idea is to use the tax code to punish companies that locate facilities offshore and reward those who return jobs onshore. His plan will go nowhere in this election year. Many Republican...
It's looking like the politicians of the world are waking up and realizing that pirates are pirates and non-pirates are not pirates. Pirates would be those homicidal, old-style drunken English guys with eye patches and wooden legs, and those modern, drug-hazed Somalians who ransom ...
Bandwidth is the oxygen of the Internet. The countries, companies, and individuals who have a lot of it breathe free and prosper. A lack of it literally slows down the progress of nations as they try to catch their metaphorical breath. My research over the past 18 months has uncover...
I guess it's my turn, and my obligation, to chime in with my opinion about the insane Facebook overvaluation. I don't know anyone at Facebook, or any of the company's financial advisors. But I know about tech bubbles. And I know railroads. A decade ago, a semi-hysterical chorus...
Hong Kong's economy is muddling along due to a continued lag in exports to the US and the world, and is estimated to grow as little as 1 percent in the coming year. This will result in a projected decline in IT spending of 4.4 percent this year, according to a budget announced this wee...
More than 50 percent of all workloads will be processed in the cloud by 2014. This statement comes from a Cisco “Global Cloud” whitepaper, which examines the current state of things and guesses where we'll be at in 2015. It also forecasts a 22-percent compound annual growth rate (CA...
Using American football metaphors to illustrate business strategies and tactics is a timeworn and tiresome practice. Monday morning quarterbacking is another. However... I was glad to see in yesterday's Super Bowl the use of a tactic that has been yammered to death over the past ...
Taiwan is one of the great economic and technological success stories of the past 30 years, transforming itself into the top rank of the world's economies in the face of political isolation and pressure. Starting with the success of its semiconductor industry in the 80s, and leadi...
As we traveled over the course of three flights and 22 hours from Manila to Chicago last week, making a return to the US after about three years in Southeast Asia, there was plenty of time to contemplate the global nature of cloud computing, big data, and all the rest. This sort of...
Cloud services provide a new and promising opportunity for Enterprises to address the growing complexity of Information Technology (IT). The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access to both private and company specific information on a global bas...


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