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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)

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)

SaaS v. Cloud Should Not Be Contentious

Chris Hoff has a new post over at Rational Survivability where he attempts to make sense of when a SaaS solution should or should not be considered “cloud.”  In his analysis, Hoff atttempts to strictly apply NIST’s cloud computing definition to various types of SaaS offerings (say hosted email vs. Salesforce.com). I think that this approach, while intellectually interesting, is perhaps a bit off the mark.  While NIST’s framework for cloud computing is generally accepted on the surface, the lower-level distinctions they make may not be so universally agreed upon.  A perfect examp... (more)

Cloud BI & Amazon VPC

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? ... (more)

Azure Owns the Enterpri$e

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)