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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)

Unisys: A Clear Vision for Cloud Computing

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)

Cloud Computing Opinion: More Froth, But More Clarity Too

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 By @JohnTreadway | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

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)