The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?”

This week at VMworld, there was a lot of different shifts in the cloud industry felt.  From security to functionality, the cloud started to inch a bit forward.  One area in particular got the VMworld bump, mobility.  According to VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, we’ve moved past the mainframe to client-server transition and are now transitioning into a mobile-cloud stage.  Wait, what?  Doesn’t VMware focus on server virtualization solutions?  Why does he care about the transition to mobile clouds? Continue reading

Everything is different, but the same… things are more moderner than before… bigger, and yet smaller… it’s computers… San Dimas High School football rules.

Ah Cloud, the weird and wonderful variation of technology that causes lots of headaches as it travels down the road to mass adoption.

One of the biggest headaches is that unlike our tried and true physical networking devices, virtualized or cloud devices may not work the same way. Sounds like an easy concept, but you’d be amazed at how often this gets overlooked. Continue reading

It’s a big-biggy Ford, a big-biggy! I mean what if it rips us all into tiny little atomic partical things?

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

You can’t stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere.

When I left the IT security space and moved into the mobility space, I got a lot of strange looks.  Many people wondered why I was moving away from cloud and security and abandoning it for nice, shiny gadgets like tablets and smartphones.  I still get the odd looks from people trying to figure out the correllation, and it’s only after sitting down with them that they realize that cloud has a LOT to do with mobility. In fact, if it wasn’t for mobility, some of the greatest innovations that are coming from cloud methodology wouldn’t exist.  It’s thanks to mobility that the next wave of employee enablement is going to exist.  Here’s why. Continue reading

Why don’t you cut the cute act, Danny boy, and tell me what it is you’re looking for?

Perhaps the biggest complexity when it comes to adopting cloud services is to manage the health and security of the cloud service.  For organizations who build their own internal clouds, the burden of security and management falls solely on the organization’s fine IT folks, but what happens when you outsource the environment?  Are you still required for all the care and feeding?  Is there a better way? Continue reading

Now, witness the power of this fully operational battle station.

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