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”
are not used in the release).
While I get the point about some traditional IT services being advertiser
supported, this represents a very small fraction of both advertising and IT
functions. Corporate email moving to the cloud (or more typically, SMB and
nonprofit email), can be ad-support... (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)
Chris Hoff has a new post over at Rational Survivability where he attempts to
make sense of when a SaaS solution should or should not be considered
“cloud.” In his analysis, Hoff atttempts to strictly apply NIST’s
cloud computing definition to various types of SaaS offerings (say hosted
email vs. Salesforce.com).
I think that this approach, while intellectually interesting, is perhaps a
bit off the mark. While NIST’s framework for cloud computing is generally
accepted on the surface, the lower-level distinctions they make may not be so
universally agreed upon. A perfect examp... (more)
I had a “discussion” on twitter a few weeks ago where I predicted that
Microsoft’s Windows Azure would be “the one to beat” in the enterprise.
It’s nice that companies are using Amazon and other clouds, but for the
80-90% of Windows/.NET applications that run your typical enterprise, Azure
will be king.
I’m at the PDC in LA today and in packed sessions of enterprise developers
and ISVs who are genuinely excited about moving their Windows workloads to
the cloud. Azure is not targeted towards the big SaaS/Web 2.0/Facebook app
crowd. Instead, they are going after the enterprise use... (more)
The FBI seized popular upload site Megaupload.com yesterday. They took the
site down and now own the servers.
I am not an attorney, and I have no opinion on whether or not the MegaUpload
guys were breaking laws or encouraging users to violate copyrights through
illegal uploading and streaming of movies, recordings, etc. Right or wrong,
the FBI did it and now we need to deal with the fallout.
The challenge is that there were very likely many users who were not breaking
any laws. People backing up their music, photos, websites, documents and
who knows what else. I highly doubt... (more)