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This is the third in a series of cloud predictions for 2015, starting with When the Walls Come Down, which predicted that workload migration (into the cloud) costs would drop by more than 50% in 2015; then continuing with The Cloud Startup Ecosystem Explosion, which predicted the impact that cloud market share gains in 2015 would have on the evolution of a more robust and powerful cloud ecosystem. That ecosystem would ignite a revolution in IT best practices, akin to the rise of the personal computer and network, inside the hallowed halls of IT. If you thought the enterprise web was amazing, get ready for the enterprise cloud movement. The enterprise cloud takes me to the subject of this 3rd  “predictions for 2015″ blog, namely the rise of “white box” cultures that shift the buying paradigm from hardware to software and services. It’s all about agility and efficie... (more)

Recession of 2008 Makes Cloud Computing the Biggest New IT Topic

Greg Ness's Blog Cloud computing has replaced virtualization as the new hot topic of 2008. Yet underneath the headlines a very basic shift is taking place in the network that promises even more conversations in the very near future. Let’s call this shift the rise of Infrastructure 2.0 or the result of escalating pressures on an already tired network infrastructure. Over the last three decades we’ve watched a meteoric rise in processing power and intelligence in network endpoints and systems drive an incredible series of network innovations; and those innovations have led to the cr... (more)

Cloud Computing: An Escapist Fantasy?

Before we get to carried away with the cloud computing dream lets talk about the fundamental challenges in the network (manual labor and kludge) that may have a substantial impact on the shape of cloud computing, at least in the enterprise. Newspapers were originally fed on presses manually one sheet at a time.  Telephones were once connected via legions of operators connecting callers (one at a time) with cables and plugs; and today computer networks are still managed by legions of manual administrators who configure network appliances and manage IP addresses as endpoints are a... (more)

The Three Horsemen of the Coming Network Revolution

I came back Friday AM fresh from the FIRE conference Meeting of the Minds planning session in Seattle with a head filled with ideas about where the IT industry is headed and what it will mean for the networking industry.  Thanks to an animated and robust dinner discussion, which included Mark Anderson, Ty Carlson and Michael Pfeffer, I came to the conclusion that three forces will be combining in the near future to drive a revolution in the network industry. Before I get to the three forces let me digress a bit and talk about the simmering preconditions for takeoff.  For Infrast... (more)

Zen and the Art of Hybrid Cloud

The term hybrid cloud is replacing cloud computing as one of the most-hyped terms of 2013 because it articulates a cloud operating model (think cloud virtualization) that most if not all enterprises will find appealing. Hybrid cloud promises to allow enterprises to operate seamlessly across multiple premise and cloud environments as if they are all part of a cohesive, synergistic operating environment.  What server virtualization has done for hardware, cloud virtualization promises to do for clouds. I think that explains much of the interest. Synergy is really the most powerful p... (more)