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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 SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys Stealth (described bel... (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)

Cloud Computing and Open Source

Any new technology market has its own lifecycle and rhythm.  From mainframes, through smartphones, there’s the early years, the rapid growth, some slowing down and inevitably a decline.  Some technologies never go away completely (e.g. mainframes), while others never really get a foothold (insert your own example here). Open source was a software movement that began as an idea and now dominates how many new software offerings are marketed and sold. Open source is not a technology, but a business and legal framework within which technology is propogated.  Still, the biggest compa... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Clouds Have Layers

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)

Cloud Computing Expo: The Gartner Cloud vs. Everybody Else

Gartner analyst Lydia Leong was kind enough to respond to an email I sent her regarding this debate over Gartner’s $46 billion cloud computing market.  To be clear, I enjoy Ms. Leong’s CloudPundit blog and generally believe that she gets cloud computing.  She was kind enough to respond to my email with her thoughts up on CloudPundit. Here is an excerpt of my reply: Thanks for responding.  I have access to the press release - not the full report.  The press release disputes what you say.  It talks only about IT services and not consumers (the words “consumer” or “consumerization” ... (more)