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Any software licensing scheme that counts the number of processors, servers, or virtual instances is fundamentally Cloud-unfriendly. In the pre-Cloud days, servers were expensive and difficult to install and configure, so we operated in the context of scarcity: add a server, pay a lot ...
What do salesforce.com and Mashery have in common? They are multi-tenant software as a service leaders - both built with billions of APIs - for the Cloud, by the Cloud. The implications this year: API Strategy in 2012 cuts across mobile, social, and cloud. Winning with API's tran...
Using Amazon web services for elasticity and scale to build cloud applications. Traditional IT environments that are built using physical servers can only scale and grow by buying new hardware and software and taking time to install and rack the hardware, configure the software and th...
What’s actually in a Cloud SLA, or what should be in such an agreement, is all over the map. Ask the public IaaS providers, and they’ll give you one answer. Ask SaaS or PaaS providers, and they’ll tell you something different. And what about private Clouds? SLAs take on an entirely new...
While the adoption is a good sign, it also brings with it the risks as some of the early cloud projects have started to fail. Up until now we have only hear good things about Cloud, but now we are getting data on how Cloud did not lived up to expectations. This kind of information may ...
Enterprises AND software companies seeking competitive advantage through IT innovation should be aware of this technology shift and actively defining strategies for capitalizing on it. The principles behind Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) were established long before the Internet...
"It is what is on the inside that counts." How many times have we all been told that? Personally, I can't even remember. However, just because it is perhaps overused and undoubtedly cliché, does not make it any less true. In fact, I rank it right up there with the golden rule as mantra...
ZapThink is pleased with the progress enterprise IT is making toward our ZapThink 2020 vision. The point to this vision was that individual trends in IT interrelate, and thus you shouldn’t separate any of them from the broader context of change within the organization. Whether it be SO...
Anyone who is working intimately with cloud computing and having critical conversations regarding this medium will eventually be party to the “cloudwashing” conversation. Cloudwashing: the activity of associating all your products with cloud computing even though it doesn’t meet core a...
First color all the ones with yellow. Then move onto the twos in blue and the threes in black. In just a few minutes you are making progress towards having all the little numbered areas filled. You take a break, step back and are amazed at what YOU are creating..it’s a portrait of t...
One of the benefits of delivering Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through the cloud is an abstraction from the underlying hardware delivering the service. There’s no requirement to understand what technology is being used to deliver, for example, cloud servers. The specification o...
What does your cloud service provider offer and how? Compliance, Discovery, Disaster Recovery This morning bankofamerica.com suffered a severe outage lasting from ~10am pt to hours after that. Online banking is a service, that users assume to be available 24/7. However, there are many...
When I was young I was fascinated with the idea that the Coriolis effect—the concept in physics which explains why hurricanes rotate in opposing direction in the southern and northern hemispheres—could similarly be applied to common phenomenon like water disappearing down a bathtub dra...
Adoption of cloud computing services continues to accelerate as organizations move from limited deployments to comprehensive solutions, according to the latest market study by CompTIA, the non-profit trade association for the information technology (IT) industry. More than half (56 pe...
I’m fed up of reading about Cloud outages, largely because all applications are created and managed by the most dangerous species on the planet – the human being. Failure is inevitable in regards to everything the human being creates or touches, and for this reason alone I ...
With hundreds of thousands of Petabytes to store in the next few years, the benefits of offloading archives or even seldom accessed data from traditional storage are numerous and may even allow companies to extend the life of their existing data storage. While Part I and Part II of th...
With the explosion of Internet content, especially that for the IT industry, it leaves an interesting question hanging over the worth (if any) of IT textbooks. When you can find an answer on just about anything online, what’s the point of shelling out money, especially for IT texts th...
This second installment elaborates on how cloud storage can break the storage array life cycle from an economic and deployment perspective, freeing organizations from the cumbersome administration and high costs of traditional storage.
Anyone who purchases storage arrays is familiar with the many advantages modular storage systems and storage area networks offer. However, they may also be familiar with one of the less desirable attributes of storage arrays: the typical 3-yr to 5-yr life cycle that forces decommission...
You’d think as we head into the waning months of 2011 that there’d be little left to discuss regarding the definition of cloud IT. Well, not quite yet. Having spent a lot of time with clients working on their cloud strategies and planning, I’ve come to learn that the definition of cl...
As customers continue their march to the cloud we have heard from a large number who want to use SharePoint Server in the cloud. Two major concerns that show up frequently are migration of existing custom deployments and data security. These organizations have spent years customizing ...
I can store pedabytes of data in the cloud. I can run my E-mail, communications, CRM, HR and Accounting in the cloud. My employees can live and work anywhere in the world thanks to the cloud. The Internet was the great equalizer. On the Web small businesses and large enterprises were ...
GoDaddy just announced the limited release of their new Cloud offering dubbed "Data Center on Demand." Built on Cloud.com's platform, the offering is medium to large businesses, start-ups and even web developers. The Virtual Private Data Center (VPDC) movement has started to gain steam...
APIs for cloud are important. Based on the number of writings, conference sessions, and Twitter blasts endorsing the cloud API movement, I think this is something on which we can all agree. However, I sometimes get the feeling that we just accept the fact that the API movement is impor...
Hot on the heels of Amazon Web Service’s prolonged outage late last month, Bloomberg has revealed that hackers used AWS as a launch pad for their high profile attack against Sony. In a thousand blogs and a million tweets, the Internets have been set abuzz with attention-seeking specula...
Some blogs percolate for a while, waiting for a good day to be put to paper. For this one - about the cost of reliable cloud - that day was April 21, the day a network mishap caused an outage at Amazon Web Services taking down more than 100 customers, many of which cloud providers them...
Diversify yourself across multiple availability zones, and even better, across multiple providers. You'll sleep better at night and will reduce the chance of showing up on the "is down" list. So this morning the big news is that AWS is having issues affecting customers in US-EAST-1. ...
When an article regarding cloud performance and an associated average $1M in loss as a result appeared it caused an uproar in the Twittersphere, at least amongst the Clouderati.There was much gnashing of teeth and pounding of fists that ultimately led to questioning the methodology and...
Last year I embarked on a blog series, lead by my trusty advisor CloudFucius, that evolved into an exploration of the numerous cloud computing surveys, reports, statistics and other feelings about the technology. At the time, 4-5 surveys a week were being released covering some aspect...
I read an article that lays out how to ensure your data is protected when you’re running IT on the Cloud. It brought up a few good points that I think can be added upon. For one, it urges organizations to select service options such as performance and capacity levels that best suit t...
Over the past year we've had the pleasure of working with Terremark as a partner, as we jointly engage with enterprise customers who want to leverage hybrid clouds. For these customers and prospects, hybrid means the flexibility to combine their traditional data centers, new private cl...
Yesterday, I read the latest post on James Urquhart’s Wisdom of Clouds blog. As I often do, I found myself nodding my head as I read James’ latest thoughts on cloud. In this particular post, James provided some thoughts on the types of applications for which we would see growing cloud-...
The new multiplicity-based world of cloud-enabled networks means you can augment yourself and your company's assets in ways that change the shape of your industry. I recently looked back at some significant papers that had influenced my thinking on cloud computing as part of a review ...
Gartner recently shared their top technology predictions. They said that increased transparency -- and the need to drive business value -- are bringing disruptive change to IT organizations in 2011 and beyond. One of their key findings: cloud computing will enable many organizations to...
When at all possible, I like getting my information straight from the proverbial horse’s mouth. There is no better source of information, and I can avoid the intention and unintentional biases interjected by intermediaries. When it comes to my day job, the source of truth for me is tho...
Over a year ago, I posed a simple question in a post: ‘Should developers care about cloud computing?’ In the post, I went on to assert that developers should indeed care about what was at that point a little more of an emerging trend. Not that this was ever a controversial issue, but i...
When I go out and chat with different users about cloud computing, we usually end up discussing characteristics and associated benefits of the approach. As one may expect, rapid provisioning and increased asset utilization typically dominate the discussion. Users can draw a more or les...
Anyone familiar with enterprise-class infrastructure and servers knows that lights-out management is a must-have; not just in the event of a failure but also in the face of any event that compromises the ability of an admin or operator from accessing the machine. Lights-out management ...
Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going far beyond the plain vanilla elastic, pay-as-you-go variety of database and storage services that have come to the market in the past few years. Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going fa...
Cloud computing is being influenced by consumer and very large cloud implementation examples – by user experience and innovative cloud architecture respectively. Enterprises could be led to leverage Amazon by some high profile example of success like Netflix described here. A lot of f...