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Cloud Computing Viewpoint

Many hypes in IT are just the same old idea, launched again, but with better technology and under a new name. We could say for the datacenter: “The Data Centre is dead, long live the Virtual Data Centre”. The danger of this approach is that we treat it just like a new type of infrastru...
Consultancy firm Deloitte has asked ‘does Cloud makes Enterprise Architecture irrelevant?’ This prompted a compelling discussion on the topic in a Linkedin group where I suggested that actually Cloud is Enterprise Architecture. Yes “the Cloud” is a place, which ...
One of the greatest moments a cloud evangelist indulges in occurs at that point a listener experiences an intuitive leap of understanding following your explanation of cloud computing. No greater joy and intrinsic sense of accomplishment.
It seems like every week another sizing of the cloud market is published, and – maybe as to be expected - none of them seem to agree. Let’s have a look at who is saying what, and whether we are comparing apples to apples, or apples and oranges.
It’s real easy for pundits to step up and present a vision for Cloud Computing as a configurable resource that’s capable of meeting all needs, but I really believe that is a misnomer. In fact, more than ever I believe that we need to specialize Clouds to support a specific purpose. F...
In 1943 former IBM president Thomas J. Watson allegedly said: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers". Will cloud computing prove Watson to be right after all?
Interesting post by Ellen Rubin of CloudSwitch asking if Amazon is the Official Cloud Standard? Her post was inspired by a claim that Amazon’s API should be the basis for an industry standard. Something I've long been against for the simple reason that choice / innovation is good for b...
Last week I read a good article on cloud computing, Cloud ROI: A Grounded View. It seems that even with all the hype (or because of it?) most are not “running blindly” to adopt “the cloud”. I must admit the cloud metaphor has a powerful poetic charm to it. That is probably why it ha...
"Technology's just not at a point where you can run a mission-critical application on a public cloud," said SAP's CTO Vishal Sikka in a report that BusinessWeek.com is carrying this morning quoting a "recent interview" with Sikka.

Those who love to hear themselves talk about the growth of cloud computing just seem to keep barraging us with numbers, and it is time that those of us with a desire to understand what is really going on demand Jun. 15, 2010 05:45 AM EDT  Reads: 5,527

In my mind, the cloud computing ‘sell’ is pretty straight forward. Fundamentally, cloud computing is a proposition of improving the time to value ratio for end users. Cloud solutions enable users address their needs faster (and in some cases cheaper) than traditional approaches to the ...
The idea of consumerisation - users being allowed to freely procure their own personal hard- and software - has been around for a while. But few CIOs and even less heads of IT Operations have embraced it. Other than some token adoption, where users could choose between an iPhone or a B...
Depending on the user or entity, there are likely to be any number of reasons for them to choose a particular PaaS platform. They will make their choices based on things like programming language support, quality of service offerings, and pricing to name but a few. While all of those h...

IT organizations that fail to provide guidance for and governance over public cloud computing usage will be unhappy with the results…

While it is highly unlikely that business users will “control their own destiny” by provisioning servers in cloud computing environm...

While there is no “official” definition of cloud computing, I believe programmatic access to virtually unlimited network, compute, and storage resources is an essential characteristic.  Even though many users access cloud computing through consoles and third-party a...

For Small and Medium businesses (SMBs), having hundreds of public clouds to pick from is a very good news. Businesses can continue to drive the infrastructure cost down by leveraging the clouds and focusing on the key competency of the business. As shown below, AT&T Synaptic Storage is...
There’s something to be said about people with the right focus and experience working every button and lever for you… Clients frequently like to ask me the “which one is more secure” question about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Se...
It's been fairly quiet on the blog front lately mostly because of my ridiculous travel schedule as well as an endless series of meetings both with new customers & partners. A recurring question I've been asked lately has revolved around one of the more difficult questions to answer...
We have a brittle system underpinning the data center: the network. It’s brittle, yes. But it works. Thanks to years of tweaking and tuning and troubleshooting, it works. We know where everything is, and how everything interacts, and it works. It works well, in fact, now that we’ve got...
I often talk about the transition from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age as both an expansion in the workforce that can create software solutions and as the decline of traditional point solution software companies. To the developer who is right now sitting behind a desk in a poi...
At first glance, cloud computing can appear to be “virtualization taken to its logical conclusion.” After all, if the main benefit of virtualization is to consolidate data center resources and increase the speed of provisioning, then cloud is the ultimate pay-off: don&rsquo...
Someone recently asked me whether Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) adoption will slow down now that companies are seriously looking at Cloud computing alternatives to their internal architectures. After all, SOA was a big buzzword in the past several years because of its ability to ...
Cloud Expo General Session Speaker Marty Gauvin believes that 3G-SaaS – the combined effect of Cloud Computing and outsourcing with application management – will drive the use of IT for a significant period of time. By leveraging existing Cloud service providers, the pay-as-you-go mode...
A recent commentary confirms how far ahead Cloud management innovator Abiquo is of the rest of the pack. Announcing how the Enterprise Edition of Eucalyptus was this week joining forces with GroundWork, a news and analysis site acknowledged that the Eucalyptus/GroundWork alliance was a...
I read your critique of our report with great interest. A couple of points. The report did not take issue with benefits of cloud computing or the great leaps forward the industry is making on efficient data centers--a development that helps its bottom line--but instead we looked at tot...
"We believe that the Internet and cloud computing data centers support services that can have a large impact on reducing carbon emissions. For example: rather than hop in your car and travel a few miles to the library, you can often find the information you seek doing a Google search f...
As for the right name, what more need be said than that Cloud Computing has caught on in a way that "Grid Computing" or "Utility Computing" or "Elastic Computing" never did? As a metaphor is sums up perfectly the spirit of compute capacity that can be set up and torn down programati...
Someone once asked Ernest Hemingway if it was difficult to write. He replied "Not at all, you just sit at the typewriter and bleed!" Hemingway must be turning these days in his grave, because if Cloud Computing has done anything it has shown once and for all that technology commenta...
Though it is generally believed that biggest challenge of architecting a cloud application is security and reliability, there is another major dimension which is generally overlooked which is cost optimization. Traditionally, actual cost of deployment has never directly been considered...
You are interested in cloud computing, but where do you start? How are vendors defining Cloud Computing? What do you need to know to figure out which applications make sense in the cloud? And is any of this real today? Based on real-world customer engagements, this session explores a s...
Is your website available to end users 99.8% or more of the time? If not, then count yourself in the “laggard” category, according to standards set by The Aberdeen Group, in its 2008 report “The Performance of Web Applications: Customers are Won or Lost in One Second.” In that study, l...
Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one wh...
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whom most people know as an English poet, also wrote some very nice prose about words. For example he was the one who summed up poetry itself as being about, above all, choosing "the best possible words in the best possible order."

Another fellow who...
When VMware entered the production data center it was the beginning of a massive IT disruption with profound implications for careers, vendors and the next tech innovation cycle, driven by deep reductions in network operating expenses and equally uplifting increases in network flexibil...
It's one of the major issues that keeps cloud computing from working its way deeper and more quickly into the enterprise IT mainstream. But what are the potential threats around using cloud services? How can companies make sure business processes and data remain secured in the cloud...
Earlier today I tweeted that I believed that the biggest threat to Amazon EC2 isn't found in any one single IaaS Cloud provider, but instead it's collectively the hundreds of regional cloud providers in the midst of launching public services. The tweet started a bit of a storm with tho...
Businesses today face a tsunami of challenges unlike it has ever faced in history: globalization, geo-political, rise of the Internet consumer, customer mind-share dynamics, proliferation of information and content to manage and maintain (with regulatory & security concerns). This r...
Two news items have caught the attention this week, and both brought the John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic “The Fool on the Hill” to mind (more specifically the line “Well on his way, his head in a cloud”). One piece compares data centers with rock stars and the ...
I do dream in color, not always vivid color, but color just the same. Today, I was awakened by one of my 5 boys in the middle of a great dream about the future. In my dream, I was in a big white room just as a door was opening and someone was about to walk in. Who was that? That's when...
Complex optimization tasks, like travelling salesman problem, can be solved by simple algorithms with random searching component. Genetic algorithm is one of such approaches. It gives better solution on the big population sizes, but the execution time grows non-linear with population s...


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