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The Great Cloud Shakeout - A Look Back Back in 2009 I posted about the “Great Cloud Shakeout” and the coming market consolidation into a few very large clouds. Nearly 5 1/2 years later and it’s about (long past?) time I took another look to see how I did. Back then I predicted that the market would be dominated by “mega CSPs” by the name of Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Note that this was during a period of Cambrian Explosion in the CSP market – it seems like everybody in the hosting business wanted to be a cloud provider. Every telco, every hoster, every data center outsourcer, most systems providers and many, many startups are becoming CSPs.  After all, there have been thousands of hosting providers over the past several years competing for your business.  A few were huge, several were large, and most were small but often profitable.  I’m convinced this time it mi... (more)

Unisys: A Clear Vision for Cloud Computing

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)

Private Cloud for Interoperability

Cloud Interoperability on Ulitzer There has been a lot of good discussion lately about the semantics of private vs. public clouds.  The general issue revolves around the issue of elasticity.  It goes something like this: “If you have to buy your own servers and deploy them in your data center, that’s not very elastic and therefore cannot be cloud.”  Whether or not you buy into the distinction, pivate clouds (if you want to call them that) do suffer from inelasticity.  Werner Vogels in his VPC blog post debunks the private cloud as not real: “Private Cloud is not the Cloud These ... (more)

Amazon Adding Active Directory Support

Amazon Cloud on Ulitzer I was surprised to find an Amazon Web Services booth at the Microsoft PDC yesterday. They had nothing specific to say regarding additional Windows support or capabilities - at least not officially. What I did get was a wink-wink, nudge, nudge when I commented on Azure's integration with Active Directory and other touchpoints. "This is coming soon," I was then told. Then they saw that I had a media badge and that ended the discussion... Looks like the enterprise is the battleground - which was only a matter of time. Following the great enterprise roadmap pr... (more)

IT Disintermediation and The Cloud

On a fairly regular basis I get into a discussion with people that starts something like this: "Hey John, with the cloud is IT even necessary anymore?  I mean, if I can buy computing and storage at Amazon and they manage it, what will happen to all of those IT guys we're paying?  Do we just get rid of them?" Well, no, not exactly.  But their jobs are changing in fairly meaningful ways and that will only accelerate as cloud computing penetrates deeper and deeper into the enterprise. It's no big news that most new technologies enter the enterprise at the department or user level a... (more)