It’s funny how sometimes the most random conversations lead to to new ways of approaching things. Case in point, last night while sitting in a coffee shop on a ship floating somewhere in the Caribbean (yes, it’s true) I ended up chatting with a fellow I met who works in finance for a pharmaceutical company in the US. I was a funny conversation because if you work in marketing, finance is one of those departments that while we rely on heavily, cause us a lot of grief. Well, grief might be a harsh word, but let’s say we have a funny relationship. Continue reading »
It seems like every day half the twitter feeds around cloud are about the great advancements we have seen such as in OpenStack and Big Data, and the new technologies we are seeing to help drive adoption of cloud computing.
Unfortunately, the other half talks to encryption issues, data leaks, vendor uncertainty…doom and gloom. Most notably, the increased chatter around data privacy (both from an international government perspective, and the traditional risks associated with improper data loss protection controls) continues to impact one of the biggest trends trying to move forward: mobile device management. Continue reading »
One of my favorite side projects in the cloud industry is meeting with technical leaders, mostly CIOs, and talking to them about the huge change that is coming with Cloud.
CIOs have already been faced with several major challenges. We’ve seen huge cuts to IT budgets, the increased pressure to tighten security and compliance, and ofcourse, the rise in social media and mobile devices. It’s not easy being a CIO these days. Now cloud has come along and there is increased pressure for them to leverage these new methodologies to make the organizations lean, mean and innovative. No pressure. Continue reading »
With more and more organizations starting to dip their toes into the Cloud pool, there is still a lot of discussion around platform. For organizations who are looking to outsource their cloud environment, it seems like more and more (for now anyway) are favoring the big guys like AWS, Microsoft and VMware. On the other hand, folks who are looking at building their own clouds, and to some extent those who are looking to leverage a hosted cloud, OpenStack is becoming another interesting platform to look at. Recently, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger comented that OpenStack isn’t the right choice for enterprises. So, is he right? Continue reading »
One of the best things about being an independent cloud educator is that I get to spend lots of time speaking to folks about cloud. In fact, as some of you know, I spend an hour or so a week talking to Canadian cloud startups about their companies and solutions and giving honest feedback on how they can better market their solutions, and how it could fit into the solution gap in today’s market.
While not every idea I listen to is a great one, once and awhile I get the pleasure of seeing some really cool stuff. Case in point, yesterday I had the ability to check out a company called Tabillo, a small startup from the Toronto area and I can honestly say, it’s been awhile since I have been this impressed. Continue reading »
If Cloud adoption from a business perspective was easy, this blog wouldn’t exist. Nor would the thousands of other tireless folks working on helping advance cloud standards from compliance to security to data and resource integrity. But when these businesses who do bravely go into the new cloud world, if it’s anything less than perfect, they face criticism from the entire IT community. Is this why we are seeing a resistance to move to cloud for many organizations? And what does this mean for the future of the cloud industry?
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Continuing on my last post, I wanted to take some time to examine the role of Cloud Business Brokers (I was going to jump into Technical Cloud Brokers, but well, call me spontaneous), and how, like other broker models, they can provide valuable service to organizations to are looking to transition to cloud methodology, or who want to augment their existing build.
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This week I am going to be speaking here in Toronto at a health-focused cloud meetup on the topic of cloud brokerage. As an early advocate for cloud brokerage, I’ve always recommended organizations to look at this type of model as an alternative to purchasing cloud services directly from service providers. So what is cloud brokerage and why should you revisit this type of service model? Continue reading »
Thanks to the power of nature, most of the Toronto area got a bit of a taste of what our friends out in Alberta dealt with a few weeks ago. Not as extreme, but with a blackout that took out a good chunk of power to the suburbs for a few hours, and a downtown core still cleaning up all the water damage, it’s a great time to discuss disaster recovery and telecommuting. Continue reading »
As someone who spends a lot of time perusing both Reddit and the now sadly defunct Google Reader (RIP!), I’m not personally surprised to start seeing a lot of discussions around whether corporations who outsource cloud storage or other services to third parties should be worried about privacy risks.
For example, an article this morning from the folks over at ZD brings up some great points about both the pros and cons about the great cloud race and how it could ultimately affect how data ownership is perceived. Continue reading »