The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy

As someone who has lots of friends in various IT positions in all kinds of sectors, you’d be amazed how often when we chat about cloud that this innate fear of outsourcing. Yes, I admit for some reason Klout rates me as influential about outsourcing…probably a bad sign. But honestly, it’s a pretty rational fear when you think of it. IT shops, especially those who have some kind of security function, have always been been a little anxious with MSSPs constantly trying to add value to their departments. And now cloud comes along, and the same conversations come up: am I at risk of having my department outsourced to a cloud provider? Continue reading

The only thing better than a cow is a human! Unless you need milk. Then you really need a cow.

Yesterday I came across some great news via Twitter which will have the OpenStack followers happy. Coincidentally, it ties in beautifully with yesterday’s discussion on types of cloud architectures, and ofcourse being Technology Tuesday the vendor love this week falls to the new partnership between VMware and Piston. Between the two of them, there is some exciting news on the open source cloud front. Continue reading

This is wonderful, don’t you agree? It’s just like a good detective movie.

With all the latest mergers, acquisitions and cloud providers coming out of the woodwork, there has been lots of marketing fluff (as a marketer, I can say this) around the benefits and differences between Reference Architecture and Converged Infrastructure. When I first started looking into these, I admit it included a lot of raised eyebrows and general pondering about whether any of this mattered to end users, or if it made a difference in anything cloud. The truth is, I am still not sure. Here’s why. Continue reading

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega.

2012 seems to be quickly becoming the year of not just cloud planning, but for some reason the year of “Customer Focus”. It’s like every enterprise, and SMB for that matter, has realized that as social media becomes more important as part of the marketing process, the need to improve customer focus is even more critical. As a result, CRM is suddenly ranking within the top 10 list of things that CIOs are focusing on from an investment perspective. Continue reading

I love the smell of commerce in the morning.

When it comes to mobile device support in organizations, there is usually two strong views on the topic. From a security perspective, dealing with mobile devices on the network is a pain because it creates lots of security holes that are tricky to fix because locating the source device is not always the easiest. On the other hand, many organizations realize that mobile devices are part of the workplace culture and if supported properly, with the right policies in place, can help employees be more productive. For SMBs in particular, there are lots of great advantages for having a mobile-supported environment. Continue reading

Yeah, well. The Dude abides

Recently the debate between opensource clouds like OpenStack and traditional clouds like Amazon or VMware has been heating up. Mostly due to more organizations starting to dip their toes into the cloud pool, but also as a response to the perceived flexibility that the opensource model is said to provide. But is open source a viable option for organizations, or does it make sense to go with an established cloud platform? Continue reading

Would you say I have a plethora of piñatas?

As more and more organizations start looking at Big Data analytics as a method to gain better business intelligence capabilities to their large databases, another question seems to come up. The question is how can you transition your current network storage, SANs, NAS etc, to support Big Data when they inherently can’t deal with terabytes or even petabytes of unstructured data. It is from this that we are seeing new methods for dealing with large volumes of data that might indeed result in a new storage platform design. Continue reading

Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat: a Studebaker.

When it comes to building clouds, the larger hardware providers have a lot a stake when it comes to investing in a platform or portfolio that can help transition them into the next generation of IT services. One of the biggest, HP, has been somewhat quiet on the overall cloud front when compared to some of their industry competition such as IBM, but while they might have been taking their time with a full-fledged cloud play, they have been doing some really great things to make sure their new offering gives them a strong position in the space. Continue reading

At last. We can retire and give up this life of crime.

When you talk about cloud, a lot of the emphasis on business transformation happens at the customer level. The funny thing is that the first group of players in the cloud market, the technology and service providers, are the ones who are going to feel the need to re-evaluate their businesses first. It will also help determine which of these providers will make it through the early adoption of cloud and continue to be a player in the established cloud market, and who will either end up as an acquisition by one of these organizations or will simply decide to focus on other business lines.

For those who decide to stay in the cloud game, they will need to re-evaluate what role they plan to play in helping organizations adopt cloud technologies and services. Personally, I see the cloud dividing technology providers into two major groups: enablers and providers. Here’s why. Continue reading

Don’t pay anybody in advance. And don’t ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky.

As some of you might have read, NASA has been busy working on their own cloud project, and it’s pretty interesting to see their choices on infrastructure. Why? Simply put, they are building a brand new Web architecture that uses cloud computing, open source tools and social media. This is for not just their internal systems, but for public facing ones. This movement is part of the Open Government effort, but is it a good choice for other organizations and governments? Continue reading