After spending time at VMware and Cloud Expo last week, I believe that
VMware’s lack of full backing for Cloud Foundry software is holding back
the entire PaaS market in the enterprise.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of momentum in PaaS despite how very
immature the market is. But this momentum is in pockets and largely outside
of the core of software development in the enterprise. CloudFoundry.com might
be moving along, but most enterprises don’t want to run the bulk of their
applications in a public cloud. Only through the Cloud Foundry software layer
will enterprises really be able to invest. And invest they will.
PaaS-based applications running in the enterprise data center are going to
replace (or envelope) traditional app server-based approaches. It is just a
matter of time due to productivity and support for cloud models. Cloud
Foundry has the opportunity... (more)
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 t... (more)
Whew! The last few days have been very busy, but totally fun. Last night
we kicked off the first CloudCamp event for the Greater Boston area at the
Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. If you have not been to this facility,
you should check it out. Microsft is being very generous with this for
technology events in the community.
There were well over 300 people registered for the event, and about half
showed on a hot evening in the middle of the Summer. Thanks again to all of
our sponsors, especially Microsoft for their facility and Iron Mountain for
stepping up to a platinum... (more)
As a general rule, I am happy to count Salesforce.com as a cloud computing
company. They really made the SaaS market what it is today, and their
Force.com platform-as-a-service was a great innovation. They are not an
infrastructure cloud provider like Amazon, Rackspace or others, but okay –
they’re a cloud company.
However, when I see their current marketing and branding it makes me want to
take a shower. Instead of Salesforce, Successforce, and Force.com, they now
market Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Custom Cloud. They already had the
cloud creds, but by trying so hard it... (more)
Simon Wardley and I had a quick exchange about the sloppily written and
factually inaccurate writing of Wired’s Jon Stokes. Simon commented about a
November post on Wired CloudLine as follows:
@swardley: ”This Wired post on cloud from Nov ’11 – where it isn’t
wrong (repeating unfounded myths), it is tediously obvious –
I piled on and Simon posted about another post here.
@swardley: “Oh dear, another of the wired author’s articles
- http://bit.ly/vHWPZW – is so full of holes, well, no wonder people are
Stokes replied here.
@jonst0kes: ”@cloudbzz @swa... (more)