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?
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)
Last week I got into a nice discussion on Twitter regarding the role of open
source in an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) stack. With open source
cloud stacks from Eucalyptus, Cloud.com, Abiquo and others competing against
proprietary source solutions from Enomaly, VMware and others, this can get
fairly confusing quickly.
For clarity, here is my position on open source vs. proprietary source in
this aspect of the market: both have a role to play and natively one is not
better or more advantaged than the other. However, when you get into the
details there are factors that m... (more)
VMware has applied to join the OpenStack Foundation, potentially giving the
burgeoning open source cloud stack movement a huge dose of credibility in the
enterprise. There are risks to the community in VMware’s involvement, of
course, but on the balance this could be a pivotal event. There is an
alternative explanation, which I will hit at the end, but it’s a pretty
exciting development no matter VMware’s true motivations.
VMware has been the leading actor for cloud computing in the enterprise. Most
“private clouds” today run vSphere, and many service providers have used
their V... (more)
For those of you getting into the Cloud Computing world, the established
hierarchy of the cloud these days is as follows:
SaaS has been around for many years - first known as ASP (application service
provider) in the 1990’s. The most famous has been Salesforce.com’s
CRM/SFA application suite. In fact, any application delivered over the
internet and hosted remotely can be called SaaS - including ADP’s hosted
payroll services, QuickBooks online, and tens of thousands of applications
from thousands of vendors.
PaaS is a relatively new phenomenon, popularized again by Salesforce.co... (more)