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 SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a
set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s
a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more
interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys
Stealth (described bel... (more)
DevOps is an exciting and far-reaching shift in IT delivery. The promises are
tempting: radically higher productivity, lower cost and more reliable
So I guess it’s finally time for your IT organization to get on the
development-operations (DevOps) bandwagon, right? Everybody’s doing it, so
don’t delay. The big question isn’t whether, but how and where do you
First, go out and hire some DevOps people. Wait, wait – DevOps isn’t a
Okay, so you should create a DevOps group or department, right? A great team
of people you can train up on DevOps led by a directo... (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)
One of the core predicates to true enteprise cloud computing is
manageability. Enterprise IT organizations don’t like surprises, especially
the kind that start with an executive calling them about an application
failure before they know about it. That’s why services like Tap In
Systems are going to be critical to enterprise cloud adoption.
Tap In Systems is still in private beta at this point, and according to CEO
Peter Loh they are making some changes to the system before expanding the
beta in the near future. They are actively seeking beta customers as well,
particularly fro... (more)
Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering
with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica. One of the bigger objections to cloud
BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission
critical data to a public insecure cloud?
With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at
Amazon as they are in your data center. Why wouldn’t you use the cloud
for your BI needs?