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HIGHLIGHTS Research and Markets just published a report predicting that “the hybrid cloud market is expected to grow from $25.28 billion in 2014 to $84.67 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 27.3% from 2014 to 2019.” A recent study by Peer 1 Hosting has hybrid c...
Synergy Research reports that cloud infrastructure spending has been growing rapidly: “Cloud infrastructure is a fast-growing market and now accounts for almost half of all data center infrastructure shipments,” says Jeremy Duke, founder and Chief Analyst, Synergy Research. “We a...
A couple items grabbed my attention recently, including the recent Synergy report on the growing share of IT infrastructure spending going to the cloud.  It surprised me. I had nothing to say, for once. Then the answer hit me. While cloud costs are declining slightly, the costs for clo...
We decided to bring together experts from Gartner, AWS, CloudVelox and cloud DR leader MyPoints for an in-depth and highly informative webinar that would give its viewers a competitive advantage when it comes to disaster recovery and IaaS. The result is one of the most informative webi...
A recent article from Forbes reports surprising benefits of cloud computing based on a survey of execs conducted by Tata Communications. One in Four Enterprises See ‘Surprise’ Cloud Benefits, Survey Finds In total, 83 percent of executives report benefits they did not expec...
I was in Seattle for a couple days this week for meetings and had a chance to catch lunch at Agrodolce (a great local restaurant in Fremont) with Impinj IT leader Morgan Van Wely. As I enjoyed fresh olives from Sicily Morgan talked about the Cloud DR payoff, which was primarily trust a...
Consistent with multiple predictions about cloud migration getting easier I present a case study for a financial services company in Florida.  The case study was done last year, but it demonstrates the power of automation over manual processes and early tools: case study. “In 2013 we e...
As you might remember the City of Asheville won the City on a Cloud best practices Grand Prize in 2014 from AWS.  Last week CIO Feldman received a CIO Impact award for excellence in cloud computing from Frost and Sullivan.  Asheville used AWS as a secondary data center (cloud DR) to re...
On the continued theme of increasing trust in the cloud this week I’m adding a great quote published today by Impinj’s IT leader Morgan Van Wely.  Also a special call out to CloudVelox partner Options IO who partnered with CloudVelox and Impinj. ====== CloudVelox Closes $15...
Cloud DR is as much about trust as it is about cost savings. A few weeks ago I had an email exchange with an exec at a semiconductor company that had just deployed Cloud DR on AWS, replacing a dedicated facility in another state.  As I asked him about the project I expected to hear [&#...
Just saw Why Asheville’s CIO Trusts the Cloud with His City this morning.  CIO Feldman has always been a trailblazer.  Yet I think he nailed the value proposition of the cloud for city governments operating under the strains of limited IT budgets and growing service demands: A disaster...
CloudVelox Announces Record Momentum as Demand for Pilot Light Disaster Recovery (DR) Accelerates; Breaks Into Fortune 600   Santa Clara, CA – January 21, 2015 - CloudVelox, a leader in hybrid cloud DR and migration, today announced that Pilot Light DR has been validated as a pow...
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4...
I just published a series of 2015 cloud predictions, as have many fellow bloggers.  So to complement these predictions let me offer my 2013 and 2014 predictions, along with 2015.  I’ll let you decide which ones I got right and which ones I missed as we look to 2015: Dec 2012: Top Five ...
A series of articles written about the new cloud war between Amazon and VMware has attracted plenty of interest, despite being spread across a few media sites andArchimedius. So I thought I would put them together in a single location for easy reference with other blogs that put the co...
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 thoug...
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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 trigge...
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 ...
The overall theme in a recent series of cloud predictions is the importance of cloud migration software and automation to the great cloud race of 2015. The degree of cloud migration automation will have a material impact on the rate of adoption of cloud services as service providers co...
I don’t do this very often, but lets face it drones are screaming hot and a perfect metaphor for automated cloud migration.  So check us out at booth 1242 and check out this IRIS drone by 3D Robotics!
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 impac...
Before we see a rush of 2015 predictions let me offer up an unspoken 900 pound gorilla: 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...
Guide Now Available – Cloud DR on AWS: Best Practices We just finished our first pocket guide on Cloud DR, entitled Cloud DR on AWS: Best Practices.  If you are tracking Cloud DR and the various drivers, key terms, etc. you might want to check it out.  You can get it here without...
The City of Asheville’s City on a Cloud Best Practices win spells trouble for traditional DR.  Deep trouble.  It marks the first time that Cloud DR has been independently and irrefutably acknowledged for both cost reduction and increased agility.  It was more than an acknowledgement th...
I’ve been working on The Sword of Agrippa novel and hope to have it completed by the end of the year. The first section (a Prologue and two chapters) is now on the Kindle Marketplace. $3.99. * Buy it and write a review, and be among the first 25 to submit that review – and [̷...
Catching Up from the Airport The next five years ought to be challenging for infrastructure appliance vendors, especially those who see their future “in the box.” We just wrapped up at the AWS Public Sector Summit, held in Washington, DC.  An ecosystem of about 3000 attended the 3 day ...
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 ma...
I am looking forward to another great panel on cloud computing this week at Future in Review.  If you are attending FiRe2014 you are invited to our Wednesday afternoon session on Cloud Evolution: “Cloud Evolution: New Operating Models for Business Transformation”: With Dave...
Since launching Archimedius more than 6 years ago I’ve enjoyed pontificating about long term trends, from the rise of virtualization security to software-defined networking and the internet of things.  Lately I’ve been on a data center consolidation and cloud DR kick, spurred by career...
Thanks to a great product and some great customers we were cited as a Cool Vendor by Gartner for our One Hybrid Cloud™ platform.  I don’t think I can say it any better than Gartner VP John Morency who included CloudVelocity in the report after a series of briefings and customer intervi...
Earlier this month I had the chance to talk directly with organizations leveraging AWS for cloud DR.  It is a very interesting and powerful use case.  Calling it transformative is an understatement. These forward-thinking teams are using AWS as a kind of pilot light for a multi-tier ap...
When it comes to the emerging multi-billion dollar hybrid cloud market, Microsoft is becoming more than a force to be reckoned with; it is articulating a powerful vision, one that is increasingly well-grounded in the Redmond giant’s core expertise and global data center footprint.  Som...
I’m very excited about moderating the upcoming Future in Review panel entitled “Cloud: New Operating Models for Business Transformation”.  It will be held on May 21 at 2PM at the Montage Laguna Beach. Panelists so far include: David Nelson, Chief Cloud Architect at Boeing; Dave Campbel...
Last fall I wrote a piece for VentureBeat on the contrasts between two key cloud operating models.  My intention was simply to contrast cloud lock-in with cloud agility, and what that contrast means for IT teams, especially those who might be unsettled by the cloud.  I also wrote at Se...
Most of the early uses of cloud IaaS were for small and medium–sized businesses and tactical Dev/Test environments. For enterprises the cloud as a critical environment for production apps was a pipe dream.  The hybrid cloud will change all of that this year as Microsoft (MSFT) and VMwa...
It is very easy to see the cloud revolution as a loss of agility and control for the enterprise, especially for the IT department. The argument goes like this: I’ll be locked in to the service provider just like I am to other vendors and third party data center operators – becaus...
As Amazon, Microsoft and VMware engage in the first battles of the multi-billion dollar hybrid cloud war, you can expect to see a fundamental shift in strategy as the public cloud matures and becomes more enterprise-centric. This should drive at least two major developments over the ne...
Most remember the medieval torture device called the rack, where increasing pressures would generate increasing pain and the threat of dismemberment in order to extract knowledge or confessions or wealth from the subject. Perhaps the medieval rack is also the origination of the term ra...
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5...