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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...
Just as enterprises start to dabble in cloud migration by migrating virtualized instances into public clouds, along comes the hybrid cloud meme, offering enterprises the promise of building their own hybrid clouds out of both virtual and unmodified apps running in cloud- integrated dat...
1)      A recent blog from Virtustream CEO Rodney Rogers on why AWS needs to have an enterprise plan.  IMHO Amazon needs a hybrid cloud strategy. 2)      An excellent report on Amazon’s heady revenue growth by Charlie Babcock: Amazon’s Cloud Revenues Examined. Simply amazing grow...
Over the last four years Archimedius has tracked the evolution of VMware from server virtualization leader to private cloud leader and the rise of Amazon as a public cloud leader.  Earlier in December I predicted the rise of the hybrid cloud in 2012, and later discussed the implication...
Today public and private cloud operating models offer islands of IT operating efficiency that can be highly desirable for applications and services specifically designed for the cloud or which are already virtualized.  Yet for the vast majority of multi-tier applications the cloud is s...
I wrote Two Weeks in Vegas after I caught my breath from the back to back Gartner and Amazon AWS re:Invent conferences.  Just saw some amazing stats as Amazon posted a link to the Amazon AWS re:Invent keynotes.  Yes, the conference was a blockbuster.  Perhaps one of the best organized ...
I’ve read about a dozen different sets of predictions for cloud computing in 2013 and will coopt many I consider to be the most credible in order to create my own “hybrid” top five list.  These predictions are also influenced by a series of conversations with the team at CloudVelocity ...
Anand Iyengar, CTO of hybrid cloud leader CloudVelocity, recently blogged about the critical requirements of hybrid cloud.  I think this discussion is important because there will certainly be a rush of companies claiming to be hybrid cloud players, who will offer a mere semblance of w...
The likes of Amazon and Google been highly effective public cloud champions, just as VMware, Cisco and OpenStack have championed private clouds.  At the recent Gartner DC Conference 2012 the biggest theme was neither public cloud nor private cloud, but rather hybrid cloud.  Hybrid clou...
Perhaps the most significant barrier to a true hybrid cloud operating model is a wide gulf of manual processes required to run existing multi-tier apps and services seamlessly across data centers, colocation facilities and public clouds.  That gulf is perhaps the largest barrier to the...
A rant from the 23rd floor as I remove my lanyard and decompress: Two weeks of recirculated casino air passing through two great cloud computing-themed conferences driven by fresh outlooks.  The contrast between stale casino smoke and fresh ideas was at times overpowering. IT is bold a...
A recent GigaOm article on Amazon’s enterprise cloud ambitions struck a chord after I landed at AWS reInvent.  A couple weeks ago I had written about the Public Versus Private Cloud Trap and a reader had suggested that the name game is merely a battle between VMware and Amazon wh...
At ARCHIMEDIUS I’ve talked about the challenges facing Cisco over the next five years, especially the rise of software-defined networking (or what some of us have been calling infrastructure 2.0).  As networks become more elastic or dynamic, custom software becomes more important than ...
While enterprise marketers and pundits fight over the superiority of public versus private cloud computing, maybe it is time to recognize that both fall short of the ultimate cloud promise, the hybrid cloud. The hybrid cloud can make a data center essentially boundless, allowing IT tea...
Recently I had the opportunity to meet Max Leisten, market director at SciQuest via email. So I fired a few questions his way about SaaS and thought I would share his answers. I don’t typically publish interviews, but I think SaaS is a very hot trend looking forward into the accelerat...
The latest Amazon outage again begs whether or not Amazon’s customers are technology leaders or laggards simply trying to reduce IT costs to their bare minimum.  Certainly some enterprises are properly using the public cloud for key projects where a non-critical application or service ...
I’ve been intrigued by two recent and fairly consistent comments made by cloud thought leaders about the power and significance of the under-hyped private cloud. Zynga CTO Debra Chrapaty recently commented about the Zynga migration from public to private cloud centricity. Zynga own...
Or… Why the 500kW Threshold Matters In Private Clouds and the 500kW Threshold I talked about why private clouds will make more sense for tech leading enterprises than standardized IaaS public cloud infrastructure.  For many enterprises, 500kWs may seem like an unforeseeable level of IT...
This recent interview with Zynga CIO Debra Chrapaty highlights some of the benefits of private versus public cloud as Zynga leveraged the public cloud until they reached a certain scale and then migrated to a more custom private cloud, thanks to the Green Data Center Blog. Zynga’...
When meeting with the financial analyst community (especially REIT experts) we frequently get asked why technology analysts can be so bullish on data center growth, especially when other categories of real estate haven’t been strong.  So we put two slides together highlighting the macr...
The following are the most read blog posts from June 18 2011 through June 18 2012: The Next Microsoft June 2011 As data centers move production racks to virtualization, VMware is well-positioned to become the next Microsoft. Cisco and the Networking Industry: Golden Age or Golden Fleec...
The following are the most read Archimedius blog posts from March 20 through June 18 2012: Cisco and the Networking Industry: Golden Age or Golden Fleece? Cisco’s vulnerability to the evolution of the software-defined network is discussed within the context of a glowing Motley Fool art...