On a fairly regular basis I get into a discussion with people that starts
something like this:
"Hey John, with the cloud is IT even necessary anymore? I mean, if I can
buy computing and storage at Amazon and they manage it, what will happen to
all of those IT guys we're paying? Do we just get rid of them?"
Well, no, not exactly. But their jobs are changing in fairly meaningful
ways and that will only accelerate as cloud computing penetrates deeper and
deeper into the enterprise.
It's no big news that most new technologies enter the enterprise at the
department or user level and not through IT. This is natural given the
disincentive for risk taking by IT managers. As a rule, new things tend
to fail more often (and often more spectacularly) than the mature stuff
that's been hanging around the shop. And this is not good for IT careers
(CIO does often stand for "... (more)
Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing
strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud
Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of
Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT
Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their
cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM.
Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and
includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a
service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and ... (more)
The cloud stack market continues to go through waves and gyrations, but
increasingly now the future is becoming more clear. As I have been writing
about for a while, the number of competitors in the market for “cloud
stacks” is totally unsustainable. There are really only four “camps”
now in the cloud stack business that matter.
The graphic below shows only some of the more than 40 cloud stacks I know
about (and there are many I surely am not aware of).
VMware is really on its own. Not only do they ship the hypervisor used by
the vast majority of enterprises, but with vCloud ... (more)
The Great Cloud Shakeout - A Look Back
Back in 2009 I posted about the “Great Cloud Shakeout” and the coming
market consolidation into a few very large clouds. Nearly 5 1/2 years later
and it’s about (long past?) time I took another look to see how I did. Back
then I predicted that the market would be dominated by “mega CSPs” by the
name of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Note that this was during a period of
Cambrian Explosion in the CSP market – it seems like everybody in the
hosting business wanted to be a cloud provider.
Every telco, every hoster, every data center outsourcer, ... (more)
Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article
on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue. It rightly points out that
cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.
Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context.
His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible
system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps
(sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps
and get a cut of the “upline” commission). Nothing in the articl... (more)