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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...
At the “What Every CIO Should Know About Cloud Computing” panel at FIRE X, we talked about how today’s IaaS momentum will shift to PaaS in coming years;  we also discussed the enterprise shift to private clouds with public cloud augmentation.  This panel was different from many cloud p...
As the conversations from FIRE sink in, I start to see IT evolve away from the conventional (and highly standardized) data center design to more advanced and highly-tuned architectures customized for particular operating missions.  For all of the buzz about commoditized infrastructure ...
Last week I moderated a panel at Future In Review X on “What Every CIO Should Know About Cloud Computing.”  I’ve been on several cloud panels over the years, but I think this one was by far the best.  I’m hoping to post the video from the 30 minute Thursday May 24 FIRE session in [...]...
Commoditization of network hardware will increase data center power demands by enabling new levels of elasticity in IT infrastructure. This is a follow-on blog post on HP’s OpenFlow announcement (HP Takes a Shot at the Hardware-Centric Network) as it relates to the impact that Op...
HP is positioning itself to do the same thing to the network (hardware) industry as VMware did to the server (hardware) industry. The idea of an automated network capable of responding to the demands of cloud has taken a step forward with HP’s OpenFlow announcement.  Time will te...
The IT thought leaders of tomorrow are today building hybrid clouds spanning extremely efficient, vertically scalable data centers with powerful and increasingly software-centric infrastructure.  They’re building private clouds as their base and then renting public clouds for the spike...
Last year on Earth Day Vantage Data Centers launched its Smart Data Center Revolution , heralding a shift in the wholesale data center industry from vanilla “one design fits all” space to highly custom and highly energy efficient data centers strategically aligned to specific enterpris...
Read a great opinion piece last week in the Wall Street Journal that talks about how we “stand on the cusp of three grand technological transformations with the potential to rival that of the past century.”  Read a great opinion piece last week in the Wall Street Journal that talks abo...
For a fresh perspective on data center obsolescence check out The Coming Colocation Crunch by Nemertes Principal Analyst Ted Ritter writing for Data Center Knowledge this week (Jan 18, 2012): “Nemertes Research predicts a shortage of colocation space in the U.S. beginning this year, gr...
In the same way that the rise of the Internet led to the enterprise web (web-enabled enterprise applications) the public and private cloud is driving IT to new modes of operation, most of which demand more agility, more capacity and an even keener  focus on operating and capital expens...
Earlier this month I attended the Gartner Data Center Summit, and sat in on several presentations, including David Cappuccio’s intro keynote on data center trends and Neal MacDonald’s session on virtualization security.  I apologize in advance for the breadth of my rambling and specula...
For months I’ve been preoccupied with Lew’s Law, or the theory that IT expenses over time will track to the cost of electricity (versus hardware, peoplepower, etc.) authored by Cisco Cloud CTO Lew Tucker and shared in early 2010 with the then-billowing Infrastructure 2.0 Working ...
Two key industries industries face massive disruption in the coming years as IT becomes ever more strategic to enterprise operating advantage, and IT infrastructure scales to new levels of complexity and dynamism.  The future of IT will likely be created by those who accelerate the pac...
The cloud hysteria and the “end of PC” debate is today’s equivalent to the dancing shadows on the walls of Plato’s famous cave (see Plato's cave allegory);  both topics are keeping companies and their customers distracted while the technology industry is entering an era of accelerating...
While the computing revolution shifts from PC to server-centricity, market caps are shifting from hardware-centric to software and services-centric enterprises.  This places the data center at front and center for the foreseeable future, and promises a much-needed disruption at the cor...
I never thought I would hear Steve Jobs hail the post-PC era, much less IBM PC legend Mark Dean .  They must be right, because HP just announced its exit from the PC business.  But then Microsoft has said that the PC isn’t even middle-aged. This is as close as it gets to a meanin...
It has been refreshing to see more coverage in the business and tech press related to the wholesale data center category, or what Michael Vizard has recognized as data center warehouses.  The concept of a company that builds and leases data center space in large quantities is unknown t...
Last week I had a brief meeting with Yoram Heller of hot cloud player Morphlabs and we talked about the next wave of cloud innovations.  Of particular interest was the concept of specialized software suites that ride on top of the commoditized cloud platforms that have so far captured ...
Last summer I suggested that VMware could be the next Microsoft.  A few weeks ago I saw Gary Orenstein’s VMware is the New Microsoft (just without an OS) and his point was triggered this AM when I read a blog on data centers comment from Fabio Violante (EMEA CTO at BMC): If I may add [...
Energy has been one of the largest variable costs for large technology companies and today is becoming increasingly material for large enterprises of all kinds.  Last week at the FIRE Conference I heard Ford’s CTO talk about how Ford wanted to be seen as a technology company.  As I lis...
Continued from part two… Going Cambrian Most of them are gaining traction because the proprietary link between hardware and software (and the required services, training, certifications, etc.) that fueled the tech leaders for more than a decade is being eroded by virtualization a...
For Some Vendors Cloud Will Become a Destroyer of Worlds The world of lock-in/pre-bundled, expertise and footprint so kind to the likes of Microsoft, HP and Cisco is gradually transforming into commoditized hardware supporting ever more robust ecosystems of software that can be easily ...
Gabe Lowy of Mizuho Securities offers a compelling perspective on the increasing strategic importance of energy costs to IT.  I spoke to him yesterday about cloud as the greatest story ever sold and we quickly focused on the increasing role of electricity for the enterprise and higher ...
Some of the highest profile blue chip tech stocks appear to be under increasing pressure, and adjusting expectations accordingly.  Pundits blaming CEOs or marketing teams are missing the mark.  As chroniclers or observers of the triumphs and tragedies in the tech industry pundits somet...
There is a robust data center colocation and outsourcing industry driven by the growing mass adoption of computing (see Welcome to the Era of Mass Computing).  That business promises to stay robust for the foreseeable future.  As businesses build out their IT infrastructures many opt t...