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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...
The Amazon AWS public cloud offering has set the stage for a massive transformation of enterprise IT from being premise-driven (servers, switches, data centers, etc.) to being services driven (APIs, services, consoles, etc.).  This transformation promises to produce a new crop of winne...
Let’s face it, over the years I’ve been pretty hard on the public cloud dream and the vision of running production apps exclusively in the cloud. I’ve been critical of Amazon “over marketing” the public cloud and promoting the idea of the enterprise w/o data centers. Events in the last...
With Microsoft and VMware entering the hybrid cloud battlefield, and the Amazon AWS steam engine continuing to convert more static racks into dynamic services, enterprises are poised to shift massive investments in data center infrastructure purchases into cloud services in the coming ...
As predicted in 2012, hybrid cloud has now entered the hype cycle, with highly respected analysts and vendors making bold predictions that last year might have been considered provocative.  As enterprise IT shifts from hardware-centric to software-centric infrastructure, billions if no...
I have written several hybrid cloud articles over the last 30 days, based on interviews with a variety of tech analysts and executives. See, for example Microsoft and the 2014 Hybrid Cloud Showdown, Microsoft, VMware and the Year of the Hybrid Cloud and The Top Three Benefits of Hybrid...
Recent Microsoft (MSFT) and Gartner announcements have put hybrid cloud front and center for the next 3-5 years, and for perhaps a much, much longer period.  Market caps for several players could be at stake: during these 3-5 years you could see the hybrid cloud eclipse the public clou...
As the public cloud evolves to address more enterprise IT operating requirements it will have to evolve into being a strategic part of a hybrid cloud operating model.  Enterprises will demand agility and control for the vast majority of their critical apps, and that is where the cloud ...
One of the most powerful use cases for AWS over traditional co-location is increased agility, especially when it comes to production apps with unpredictable workloads.  Rather than racking up co-location capacity for occasional usage spikes, QL2 Software discovered Amazon AWS and their...
Most of the biggest technology payoffs have been generated by companies that drove transformations in how data could be managed, distributed and protected. From the mainframe era with IBM (IBM) through the PC era with Microsoft (MSFT) and the networking era with Cisco (CSCO), disruptiv...
A couple headlines recently grabbed my attention, both involving Rackspace:  1) Rackspace had announced that it is supporting hybrid cloud, because hybrid cloud had won (the cloud war); and  2) earlier this week Gartner released its estimates of cloud infrastructure spend, which I disc...
Enterprises are still dabbling in the cloud, and actively observing emerging cloud offering battles as megawatts of low cost and energy efficient cloud capacity comes online.  Apps running in the cloud constitute perhaps 4% of all enterprise production apps, despite the obvious benefit...
Last fall the hybrid cloud meme caught many of the public cloud enthusiasts by surprise.  Yet as enterprises go from cloud-dabbling to cloud adoption, hybrid cloud is quickly becoming established as the mainstay of cloud adoption for larger enterprises.  This momentum towards highly el...
As the cloud and the promise of an It revolution continues its ascent into the boardroom, there are two important questions that tend to get lost in the mist: 1) What percentage of enterprise apps are (and will be) deployed in the cloud? 2) How will these apps be migrated into the clou...
A few days ago CloudVelocity CTO Anand Iyengar posted a blog on why cloud migration is very different than image migration.  In Cloud Migration is Bigger than Image Portability he talks about 12 critical hybrid cloud elements that frequently go missing when a complete app and service i...
This is a follow up to my 2013 cloud predictions post from December. I wrote it as a comment response to my recent Azure blog on Seeking Alpha, then thought it worth posting (and tweaking) here: It is a matter of weeks (or perhaps sooner) before Amazon really crosses the enterprise clo...
While Amazon’s AWS is the undeniable public cloud leader and VMware the undeniable private cloud leader, Microsoft’s Azure can certainly be considered a hybrid cloud leader, at least at this point in the evolution of the cloud as well as Azure. I was in Redmond last week for a couple d...
Last week I attended the Fire 2012 panel on hybrid cloud with Yousef Khalidi, David Nelson, Simon Aspinall and David Shacochis.  Our conclusion: hybrid cloud will win over other cloud operating models because it will offer enterprises increased choice and agility.  Ultimately the lines...
As I listen to the spectacular panels on big data and the revolution in data visualization tools at Future In Review it occurs to me that perhaps IT has become a kind of impediment to where business and science needs to go.  The very systems that have evolved to bring us to where we ar...
I wrote a blog for Cloud Ecosystem last month that talks about the disruption potential of hybrid clouds for disaster recovery.  You can read it here: Hybrid Cloud will Transform Disaster Recovery.  Within a few days CloudVelocity CTO Anand Iyengar weighed in shortly after with: The Hy...
The Amazonian ecosystem of mostly small and medium enterprises has grown into an estimated $4B market over recent years as public cloud has captured the imagination of developers and smaller IT shops.  Since 2009 the 3rd party data center and hosting market has grown from about $11B to...
After completing Hybrid Cloud will Transform Disaster Recovery the broader implications of the seamless integration of IaaS with the data center became obvious: the hardware-bound silos of IT will be significantly eroded by the increasing agility, protection AND control delivered by th...
On May 23rd at Future in Review I’ll be moderating a panel on “Why Hybrid Cloud will Win and What it will mean for the Enterprise CxO” with: Yousef Khalidi, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft; David Nelson, Chief Strategist, Cloud Computing, The Boeing Company; Simon Aspinall, Chief of ...
Last night CloudVelocity CEO Rajeev Chawla was able to talk to Brian Gracely at The Cloudcast on CloudVelocity and the hybrid cloud. The 33 minute interview (Accelerating the Hybrid Cloud (#83) is now available for download.  A special thanks to Brian, who asked some of the most probin...
Ok, so I exaggerate.  I want to draw your attention to a webinar entitled Hybrid Clouds: So Challenging yet so Promising that I’ll be holding with CloudVelocity CTO and Co-Founder Anand Iyengar.  It will be live via the vanity link above at 9AM (tomorrow) on Wednesday, April 17. We wil...
On April 29 at Computerworld’s OSBC Conference in San Francisco CloudVelocity CTO and Co-Founder Anand Iyengar be participating on a panel discussing hybrid cloud with execs from Citrix, Microsoft, and PlumGrid, moderated by Mayfield Fund’s Robin Vasan. Here is the session’s abstract. ...
I received an email from the team at CloudCheckr with some recently conducted public cloud useability survey research findings.  While I cannot directly vouch for the accuracy and the findings themselves  I did find them compelling enough to share with Archimedius readers.  The data ce...
VMware’s (VMW) recent hybrid cloud announcement was both expected and yet provocative. It falls into a pattern of successful moves made in virtualization security and networking as the company moves to grow its addressable market by virtualizing servers and delivering increased IT agil...
There have been a multitude of hybrid cloud news announcements so far this year, many confusing readers by blurring the lines between public and private clouds, yet still not addressing the challenge of hybrid cloud automation and the importance of synergy. Without hybrid cloud automat...
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 a...
When you enable a true hybrid cloud you, in effect, virtualize the clouds (public and private).  Just like server virtualization allowed seamless orchestration across servers, hybrid cloud will allow seamless orchestration across data centers and clouds. If a private cloud is a collect...
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The public cloud has been promoted as a low cost alternative to physical data center infrastructure, mostly to small and medium-sized businesses. That has driven the creation of a robust category of cloud migration services which has emerged as these smaller businesses have made consid...
Today there is a war being fought between Amazon AWS and the enterprise over the future direction of the IT industry.  Amazon promotes the public cloud as a destination, a primary and permanent facility for a company’s IT infrastructure; while enterprises today are mostly interested in...
I’ll state the obvious:  The last five years have seen incredible changes in IT, including the rise of new cloud operating models and the spread of virtualization into production data centers. A new generation of upstarts has captured the imagination of the IT industry by unleashing ne...