The Cloud's Biggest Benefit? (That's a Question)
What is cloud computing's biggest benefit? Is it cost savings? Time to market? Flexibility? Write down your answer on a piece of paper (if that's an unfamiliar concept, just note it in your iPhone), then take it out and look at it six months from now and see if you would still come to the same conclusion.
It Takes a Partnership
One of the best ways to ensure a successful cloud computing initiative is by partnering up: Get someone (or some-ones) on the business side to agree to invest as much in terms of risk and sweat equity in a SaaS implementation as you plan to invest from your IT budget and resources. Chances are, those potential partners are out there.
Virtual Machines Running Mission-Critical Workloads
Managing virtual machines, especially now that more of them they carry mission-critical workloads, remains a top concern among IT managers who have deployed virtualized servers in the data center, according to a survey on the floor of Interop in Las Vegas.
Product Cloud Or Service Cloud? Know The Difference
In the world of on-premise computing, product companies are as distinct from services companies as land is from water. Yet in the cloud, it's often hard to see the difference. Some people lump cloud companies together, as if they all do the same thing. But they don't; in fact, not recognizing the difference can be an expensive mistake for customers, investors, and even the cloud companies themselves.
The Elements of the Cloud
The cloud is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Cloud computing is something of a catch-all term that refers to various styles of computing using distinct components and strategies and answering diverse needs. Understanding the styles and strategies, and where they may fit in your organization, is key to understanding the benefits of cloud computing.
VMware Plus Salesforce.com, An Unlikely Pair
Two young companies, neither of them leaders in traditional software development, have teamed up to pull enterprise Java programmers into cloud development. In this case, the cloud is specifically the Force.com data centers that already host Salesforce.com's CRM applications. It's an unlikely pairing, but it just might work.
Are We Working on Third Cloud Layer?
As I do the cloud computing conference rounds, both big and small, I see a steady trend developing. I call it "Third-Layer" cloud computing technology, and I think the trend will continue.
Allaying the Anxiety of the New
Cloud computing is a new concept that has created a good deal of anxiety in organizations at almost every level, especially at the top. One way to overcome that anxiety is to recognize in cloud computing similarities with successful (note emphasis) past IT practices.
Step Two: Addressing Security And Privacy
Now that cloud computing has passed the technology test (that is, for the most part, it works), what areas need the most attention? Without a doubt, security and privacy are at the top of that list.
NoSQL Needed For Cloud-Sized Data
At the Under the Radar showcase for cloud start-ups, I was struck by how relational database, one of the defining technologies of a previous era, has become outmoded in this one. In example after example, it was obvious SQL and structured data tables are no longer the right way to go about handling data.
Transparency And Trust: Vital Concepts In Cloud Computing
Transparency is a vital concept when it comes to cloud computing. Indeed, at this stage in the evolution of the cloud, transparency is one of the most important criteria by which to judge a cloud computing engagement. That's because performance and security are two of cloud computing's most elemental and essential offerings.
Is iPad a Cloud Device?
I received a bunch of calls from the press last week around the release of the Apple iPad. "It's a cloud computing device," according to them. Thus, what kind of impact will the iPad have on cloud computing?
Tale Of Two Companies: For And Against The Cloud
Large software companies are a special kind of business where their investment in existing code becomes a larger and larger drag on how fast they can move and what they can do next. The advent of cloud computing challenges big companies to change. Watching Oracle and Microsoft respond offers a study in contrasts.
Eucalyptus, GroundWork As Allies: Cloud Stack Coming?
An important alignment occurs April 7 that will probably win little fanfare. Eucalyptus Systems, the supplier of open source APIs that are Amazon EC2 compatible, has teamed up with GroundWork, a supplier of data center systems management. GroundWork wants to gaze into the private cloud, which in the future, may often be a Eucalyptus-based stack.
Cloud Computing Differences Between U.S. And Europe
The trans-Atlantic 451 Group has its eye on how cloud computing is developing in Europe and the rest of the world as well as the U.S. The old adage that European IT lags the U.S. by a couple of years applies to cloud computing--more than that when it comes to infrastructure as a service.
BMC's CTO: It Will Still Be A Heterogeneous World
I had the chance recently to talk to Kia Bahnia, CTO of BMC Software, the systems management vendor. He reminded me how virtualization is first and foremost about running applications, not saving capital expenses or reducing the server footprint in the data center. Think "applications." When it comes to cloud computing, ditto.
Google Leads In Laughs
Google has something that too many other organizations don't seem to value: A sense of humor.