It's not today, or tomorrow, but sometime in the not too distant future the
bulk of the on-premise private cloud market is going to shrivel into a little
raisin and die. A very small number of very large companies will operate
private clouds that will be, by and large, poor substitutes for the services
available in public clouds. However, they will be good enough for these
companies for some percentage of their workloads.
I have seen dozens of private cloud efforts by many large customers. Most are
pretty weak shells of a cloud, not coming close to the economics or
capabilities of even 2nd or 3rd tier public clouds. Comparing them to AWS,
Azure or Google is like comparing my art work to a Picasso or Rembrandt. The
only similarity is that I can still call mine art even if it's atrocious. I
can still call your cloud a cloud too - even if it's expensive, inelastic,
Thoughts on cloud, Cloud Technology Partners, and PaaSLane
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)
My favorite and least favorite question I get is the same – “Can you help
me build a business case and ROI for cloud computing?”
Well, yes… and no. The issue is that cloud computing has such a massive
impact on how IT is delivered that many of the metrics and KPIs that are
typically used at many enterprises don’t capture it. I mean, how do you
capture Agility – really?
In the past I have broken this down into 3 buckets. Yes, some people have
more but these are the big three…
Agility is reducing cycle time from ideation to product (or system delivery)
– incredibly diffic... (more)