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 to drive efficiency, productivity and control.
Smart Business Services – cloud services delivered:
1: Private cloud services, behind your firewall, built by IBM.
2: Standardized services on the IBM cloud
Smart Business Systems – purpose-built infrastructure
3. IBM CloudBurst: Pre-integrated har... (more)
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)
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?
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)
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 ... (more)