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

Alright, I’ll do it. But do me one last favor, will you. Can you give me two hours? That’s all I ask man, just two hours to sleep before tomorrow. I suspect it’s going to be a very difficult day.

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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This is some rescue. You came in here and you didn’t have a plan for getting out?

It’s a funny thing to work in marketing and sit and listen to conversations around cloud and technology.  I feel that we are at the early stages of an “IT Big Bang” whereby there is so much that will happen to transform the way organizations operate, but it’s either too early to really see adoption, or we need a major event to push it along.  It’s even more interesting when a seemingly unrelated incident could be part of that major event.  Folks, grab your tissue, because XP is on it’s way out, and if you ask me, it’s going to be a significant part of the push towards cloud adoption.  Here’s why. Continue reading

More human THAN human is our motto.

When it comes to figuring out how to best leverage third party services from cloud providers, it’s often a bit of an uphill battle.  How do you know what services you really need?  How do you know which providers are reputable?  Most importantly, how do you know these services will actually provide the ROI the provider has promised? Continue reading

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship

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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You don’t understand. I want to be surprised…astonish me, sport, new info, don’t care where or how you get it, just get it…

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