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 Director and all of their
tools, they are really encroaching on the traditional data center/systems
management tools vendors. They have great technology, a huge lead in many
ways, and will be a force to reckon with for many years. Many customers I
talk with, however, are very uncomfortable... (more)
I have been having a great debate with one of my colleagues about the
changing role of the IT operations (aka “I&O”) function in the context of
PaaS. Nobody debates that I&O is responsible and accountable for
Application developers (with or without the blessing of Enterprise
Architecture) select platform components such as application servers,
middleware, etc. I&O keeps the servers running – probably up to the
operating system. The app owners then manage their apps and the platform
components. I&O has no SLAs on the platform, etc.
In the PaaS era,... (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?
Any new technology market has its own lifecycle and rhythm. From
mainframes, through smartphones, there’s the early years, the rapid growth,
some slowing down and inevitably a decline. Some technologies never go away
completely (e.g. mainframes), while others never really get a foothold
(insert your own example here).
Open source was a software movement that began as an idea and now dominates
how many new software offerings are marketed and sold. Open source is not a
technology, but a business and legal framework within which technology is
propogated. Still, the biggest compa... (more)