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The Cloud in 2015: Startup Ecosystem Explosion This is a follow-up blog that is part of a series of 2015 cloud predictions. The first one, entitled When the Walls Come Down, had the following as the central thesis: In 2015 the perceived costs of cloud migration for existing production apps will drop by more than 50%; it will trigger a massive (and fast) market share battle unleashed by unprecedented automation. That takes me to prediction number two: •The development of a new generation of software and service-centric startups will leverage software and robust API integration to offer next generation IT capabilities well beyond the walls of traditional IT, including: •enhanced cloud disaster recovery, security and compliance, over and above the capabilities of most firms; •new PaaS offerings, including specialized big data platforms for underserviced verticals, inc... (more)

The Cloud Agility Race | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

The Cloud Agility Race: Implications for CIOs Last week as I was writing Amazon Declares War on VMware, VMware was preparing to announce the acquisition of a pro services team to aid in cloud migration (see coverage in CRN): VMware Acquires Professional Services Firm To Boost Cloud Migration, DevOps Expertise. You can get my thoughts on Amazon's frontal assault on VMware and the VMware acquisition via the above links as well as at Part Deux, or on the importance of agility at the VMblog Tea Garden Talk from VMworld (about 5 minutes in). It was great to see that Amazon exec Andy ... (more)

Amazon Declares War on VMware | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

I returned from re:Invent last night after three days of what was probably one of the most memorable and impactful trade shows I’ve ever attended. Period. More than 1500 attendee applicants were refused.  The show was packed. This time with more enterprise IT leaders than one might imagine, with most fully committed to getting on Amazon AWS. The attendee drumbeat at our booth was relentless: “We want to move to AWS.” My comment to press and analysts at each briefing: It is clear that re:Invent 2014 is more than a typical trade show; it will be remembered as the point at which Ama... (more)

The Coming Cloud Computing Wars

The cloud computing meme continues to billow as Juniper and IBM announce a cloud management partnership rumors swirl about heavy petting between VMware and shareholder/partner Cisco. A few months ago it seemed like every cloud discussion included Google and/or Amazon; now it appears that “the network infrastructure issue” has finally reared its head and ushered in networking and management leaders into the cloud conversation. More cloud watchers are discovering that cloud apps -at a minimum- will put more burdens on the network. As IT services decouple from hardware the network ... (more)

How the Hybrid Cloud War will be Won

When Amazon AWS announced its hybrid cloud console it set the stage for an all-out hybrid cloud war between a handful of companies, including VMware and Microsoft. The first losers in the hybrid cloud war will be perhaps a third of all service providers; those who are too small, too manual and too locked into […] ... (more)