Cloud computing solutions require a diverse set of technologies (networking,
server management, virtualization, etc.) and skills (integration,
multi-tenant application development, etc.) working together in harmony to
bring optimum solutions for customers. Necessity of multiple technologies
working together challenges large technology companies with profitable
on-premise products to integrate efforts in the conceptualization,
development, selling and delivery of cloud computing solutions. Multiple
billion-dollar brands, successful in their own right, tend to work
independently while selling a cloud computing solution portfolio. These
individual solutions often compete with other internal brands. Customers end
up getting perplexed in trying to understand the direction they should take.
During interactions with large technology companies, I am connected with
Last week I was at the LinuxCon and OpenCloud conference held in San Diego.
This conference is filled with relaxed techies to an extent that I felt
comfortable strolling around on the last day in shorts and the trendy “The
Open Summer” conference t-shirt. One interesting aspect about the
conference was that recruiters, not marketers, staffed several exhibit
booths. There was also a jobs board outside that was packed with job
postings not only from large companies like Red Hat, EMC, Rackspace and
Akamai but also start-ups like InkTank, DE Shaw Research and OpenMobile.
The ba... (more)
Recently a number of companies have been talking about cloud certifications.
The topics cover security, resilience and HIPAA among other certifications.
The federal leadership in cloud computing talks about centralized
Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for
Standards: Do products or solutions adhere to industry or technology
standards e.g security, etc Communications: Platform portability and
inter-cloud communications should fall here. Encapsulation of multiple
standards become important here. Individual certifications:... (more)
Cloud Computing Bootcamp
(Santa Clara, CA | November 2, 2010)
Cloud computing is filled with innovation. One of the crucial aspects that
makes cloud computing initiatives successful is integration. And there are
companies developing innovative solutions in cloud-based integration.
During my ecosystem presentation at Clloud Expo's Cloud Computing Bootcamp
last month, I identified two such companies: Boomi and Cast Iron.
On May 3rd, IBM announced its purchase of Cast Iron. What makes it
interesting is that IBM is already the leader in integration solutions. What
makes Cast Iron a... (more)
In the mid '90s, I started up a practice at a large systems integrator
helping customers plan, design and implement on-premise e-mail systems. Very
often the differentiator was the collaborative functions that an organization
could also leverage during the e-mail system implementation. This capability
helped departments share information and react to market dynamics faster. At
that time we never dreamt of putting email information outside of an
organizations network. Customers spent millions in purchasing licenses,
hardware and implementation services to give them an edge over th... (more)