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 from enterprise organizations. Their beta today has only a few
customers, and most are what Loh termed “Web 2.0 companies.” He did
reference an unnamed enterprise customer in the beta running a “core
application” with 200 EC2 instances.
Tap In’s core value proposition starts with a simple quest... (more)
A new year is often a time for reflection on the past and pondering the
future. 2010 was certainly a momentous year for cloud computing. An
explosion of tools for creating clouds, a global investment rush by service
providers, a Federal “cloud first” policy, and more. But in the words
of that famous Bachman Turner Overdrive song — “You ain’t seen
In fact, I’d suggest that in terms of technological evolution, we’re
really just in the Bronze Age of cloud. I have no doubt that at some point
in the not too distant future, today’s cloud services will look as quaint ... (more)
TechCrunch reported today that Citrix has acquired Cloud.com for > $200m.
This is a great exit for a very talented team at Cloud.com and I’m not
surprised at their success. Cloud.com has had great success in the market,
especially in the last 12 months. This is both in the service provider
space and for internal private clouds. Great technology, solid execution.
Citrix has been a fairly active member in the OpenStack community, most
recently with their Olympus Project announcement in May. The stated goal
a tested and verified distribution of … OpenStack, combined ... (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)
I had a “discussion” on twitter a few weeks ago where I predicted that
Microsoft’s Windows Azure would be “the one to beat” in the enterprise.
It’s nice that companies are using Amazon and other clouds, but for the
80-90% of Windows/.NET applications that run your typical enterprise, Azure
will be king.
I’m at the PDC in LA today and in packed sessions of enterprise developers
and ISVs who are genuinely excited about moving their Windows workloads to
the cloud. Azure is not targeted towards the big SaaS/Web 2.0/Facebook app
crowd. Instead, they are going after the enterprise use... (more)