As enterprise interest in cloud computing offerings and concepts continues to
increase, the number of solutions in both the public and private cloud spaces
increases as well. There's been much debate over public versus private cloud,
even to the point of debating whether there can be such a thing as a private
cloud. I'm not here to debate the latter (in my opinion the location of the
service has nothing to do with whether or not it is a cloud), but rather I
want to take a look into why consumers would choose private clouds over their
During the last several months, Ive been lucky enough to chat with numerous
enterprise users about their thoughts on cloud computing. Quite a few of
these users are already utilizing the cloud on some level, and they are doing
this by leveraging both public and private clouds. In my experience,
enterprises have bee... (more)
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 In my mind, the cloud computing ‘sell'
is pretty straight forward. Fundamentally, cloud computing is a proposition
of improving the time to value ratio for end users. Cloud solutions enable
users to address their needs faster (and in some cases cheaper) than
traditional approaches to the same issues. Typically, improving this ratio
comes down to two things:
1) Embedded expertise
2) Operational prowess
Embedded expertise is the included awareness or intelligence delivered by a
solution. In other words, it is the capability provided ri... (more)
The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group.
According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common
understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and
scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a safe and
secure way in their architectures to realize its significant cost,
scalability and agility benefits.” I think we can all get behind that goal,
but how exactly do they plan on accomplishing such lofty aims?
The Open Group is tackling this by first publishing a Business Scenarios for
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 intentional and unintentional biases interjected by intermediaries.
When it comes to my day job, the source of truth for me is those working in
companies to build and deploy application environments. When I start working
with new teams, it is nice to get a feel for what they see as their biggest
inhibitors. Not surprisingly, I get two predominant concerns from these teams
regardless of their company's size or the industry in... (more)
How about we start this post off with some facts?
- Mobile data traffic exceeded voice traffic in 2010 (Wireless Industry News,
August 26, 2010)
- Shipments of smartphones exceeded the shipment of PCs for the first time in
2011 (2011 Economist)
- Ten billion mobile connected devices are expected to be in use by 2020
- 74% of surveyed CIOs indicated mobile capabilities were a top investment
priority over the next three to five years (2011 IBM Global CIO Study)
As you may surmise from the above, the mobile computing space is hot.
Companies are already doing mobile... (more)