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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)

Tomorrow’s IBM “Smart Business” Cloud Computing Strategy

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)

CloudCamp Boston

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)

Cloud Computing Opinion: Cloud-Washing at Salesforce.com

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)

How Some Journalists Confuse People About Cloud

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 – bit.ly/wWLbsL” 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 confused.” Stokes replied here. @jonst0kes:  ”@cloudbzz @swa... (more)