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An Enterprise PaaS must truly be agnostic to the underlying elastic infrastructure, and fully support open standards. So the big question is whether the Pivotal Initiative will be able to break away from its roots with EMC and VMware and the associated ties to VSphere?
Since ZapThink started the trend with our 2003 predictions and 2002 retrospective ZapFlash, we have taken a different tack than most IT prognosticators in that we actually grade ourselves on our predictions from the previous year, for better or worse. Last year we scored ourselves 2.5 ...
I'm always interested when I hear or read a software vendor or their value added reseller (VAR) or business partner claim that their solution eliminates Sep. 9, 2012 07:00 AM EDT  Reads: 7,363
VMware CEO Steve Herrod has championed this vision of the software-defined datacenter and how the next generation of foundational IT innovation is largely being implemented above the hardware.
Even though still in its infancy, cloud computing is quickly becoming the water cooler's best friend. It is revolutionizing the technology industry, yet there are still inherent problems that have yet to be addressed.
In the competitive world of cloud-based computing infrastructure, Amazon remains top dog. It’s highly visible, its footprint is almost global, it incrementally adds features or cuts prices to keep competitors on their toes, and it generally manages to meet most people’s nee...

Prior to 2009, there was seemingly little need for standards within financial services.  Continued high turnovers ensured there was little, or no, talk of efficiency, transparency, or passing savings on to customers, and reducing the vast investment on IT integration was a non-issue...

What’s an app? It depends who you ask. If you asked me a few weeks ago, I’d say that Tiggzi app builder creates apps. You build an HTML5/jQuery Mobile app UI, plus you can export the app as PhoneGap. That’s an app. Then there is Parse, an excellent mobile backend serv...
The technology (specifically IT) world is becoming more complex and challenging every day. I speak with a number of Business Leaders, CIOs, IT leaders and IT staff about this very issue. The subject of IT Transformation is one that keeps coming up. Yet, it seems as illusive as it is al...
You don’t have to be a techie to have heard about the challenges Amazon’s faced with its EC2 elastic cloud offering over the weekend. States of emergency were declared up and down the eastern seaboard after a destructive line of thunderstorms knocked out power in over 4 mil...
There is enough evidence that Agile works – in most cases much better than waterfall. Even when you are working in an enterprise scale, distributed, multi-vendor and strong regulatory environment – agile works better than any other method. Here are some survey and research finding 1. S...
Red Hat has been making steady progress toward what is shaping up as a fairly interesting cloud strategy. Building on their Deltacloud API abstraction layer and their CloudForms IaaS software, a hybrid cloud model is starting to emerge. Add to this their OpenShift PaaS system, and you...
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...
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.
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.
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...
About six years ago I wrote a blog titled “I have no idea what  Web 2.0 means“.  That blog had link to a video where IT leaders were helplessly trying to explain what Web 2.0 means. One guy said something like this, “Everyone wants to do it, and you can’t find e...
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...
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...
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...
Best Practices are defined as a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark.  What this means is that they have actually been proven.  Proven?  How do you prove that one method or technique is obje...
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...
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 ...
With an estimated $200 million bet on Cloud.com, if nothing else, executing an all-in open source strategy proves that Citrix doesn’t shrink in the face of high-stakes decisions. Cynics call this recent move an act of desperation – a Hail Mary in the absence of a better play. Others se...
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...
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.
In the last article in this series we covered WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and b2evolution, five leading Content Management Systems. In this article we talk about the next five: Xoops, Seotoaster, e107, Concrete5, and Typo3. 6. Xoops Xoops (eXtensible Object Orientated Portal Sy...
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is certainly true of anti-open source virtualization FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt). Linux virtualization is robust and enterprise-worthy, and is evolving rapidly. It is a threat to the established giants of virtualization. ...
Cloud Computing Journal asks a variety of members of the ecosystem, from CIOs to independent consultants to marketeers, about where the i-Technology industry is headed next...here are their views on what's in store in 2012, starting with Nigel Dunn, Principal at Calx Europe – a Europea...
There has been a significant amount of derision heaped on Xen after its successful integration into the Linux kernel last month. One wouldn’t think such criticism is warranted, since the inclusion of Xen in the Linux kernel puts it on equal footing with KVM. Yet, when Oracle's Wim Co...
We all remember the Internet bubble back in 1999-2000 era. Start-ups were getting huge valuations. The joke then was – if you are 27 years old and not a millionaire, then you are a failure. All you needed was a sign-board saying “new internet company” and stand on Sand Hill Road. Sever...
There was no reason for news of Ken Olsen's death to hit me hard. I never worked for the man; heck, I never even met him. But he was a big influence on my life and industry. Ken wasn't some charismatic guy that people would crowd into convention centers to see. But he was the origin...
"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living." With this one sentence, President Barack Obama ushered in once...
On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in ...
[This post originally appeared on Joseph Galarneau's blog and is republished here in Cloud Computing Journal by kind permission of the author.] When you visit Newsweek.com, the words you read started their journey milliseconds earlier from an Amazon.com datacenter somewhere in norther...
Readers of this blog will likely really enjoy the following two presentations that discuss lessons learned by the founders of both DropBox and Xobni. There are lots of great lessons to be learned here. Dropbox Startup Lessons Learned From Zero to a Million Users – Dropbox and X...


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