It's not today, or tomorrow, but sometime in the not too distant future the
bulk of the on-premise private cloud market is going to shrivel into a little
raisin and die. A very small number of very large companies will operate
private clouds that will be, by and large, poor substitutes for the services
available in public clouds. However, they will be good enough for these
companies for some percentage of their workloads.
I have seen dozens of private cloud efforts by many large customers. Most are
pretty weak shells of a cloud, not coming close to the economics or
capabilities of even 2nd or 3rd tier public clouds. Comparing them to AWS,
Azure or Google is like comparing my art work to a Picasso or Rembrandt. The
only similarity is that I can still call mine art even if it's atrocious. I
can still call your cloud a cloud too - even if it's expensive, inelastic,
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?
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)
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 NY Times broke IBM’s embargo this morning by publishing their story on
IBM’s new cloud computing initiatives. I’ve posted the full release
here on CloudBzz.
The diagram below gives a bit of insight into where IBM is today and where
they are heading.
IBM is also updating their collateral with a bit more detail. Here is a
fact sheet for their Smart Business initiative:
Fact sheet: IBM Smart Business
Smart Business is IBM’s commonly branded set of cloud computing offerings
for business. This set of offerings gives clients three choices to deliver
and consume cloud services t... (more)