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Dustin Amrhein

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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 public counterparts. 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)

Cloud Computing Value Propositions: What's No. 1?

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)

Business Scenarios for the Cloud

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 Enterpr... (more)

Declarative Deployment Is the Wave of the Future

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)

IBM Acquires Worklight

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 (2011 Economist) - 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)