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Integration challenges in cloud computing have always been intriguing to me and I had posted a previous blog on the importance of SaaS vendors supporting standards enabling easier connectivity. Patchwork solutions integrating applications written over the years have created an inventory of application portfolios so complicated to maintain that their budget drains a large percentage of corporate information technology expenditure even today. >Cloud computing makes the need of world-class integration services important to the overall success of solutions. Vendors are not ignoring this customer need. Several studies indicate integration as a top barrier to cloud computing. Informatica has built a cloud integration solution. IBM purchased CastIron in May, 2010. Start-ups like SnapLogic and RunMyProcess seem to be changing fundamental techniques of delivering integrati... (more)

Is Amazon Building an Insurmountable Lead?

A lot of folks talk about public clouds not being economically justifiable when volumes are high enough to support building your own infrastructure. This is due to the perception that consistent use can make public cloud use expensive. Just as I was about to write a blog and predict that Netflix would move from Amazon to building their own data centers for cost optimization, I saw a presentation from Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix, on slideshare that threw me off. In summary, Adrian says that Netflix is moving from its own datacenter to Amazon and it is the most opt... (more)

Evolving Cloud Computing Trends at Cloud Expo Bootcamp in New York

I am the track chair of the Cloud Expo Bootcamp this year at Jacob Javits Center in NYC from June 11-14. You can check the complete agenda here. As an invitee of the track chair, you can register for free (with the bootcamp option) at www.cloudcomputingexpo.com with "robustcloud" as the promotion code. If you want to just attend DeployCon on June 13th, you can register at www.deploycon.com with the same promotion code. Other free evening events at the same location are CloudCamp @ Cloud Expo on June 12th and BigDataCamp @ Cloud Expo on June 13th If I can help you as an analyst, p... (more)

Amazon and Apple: Different Paths to Innovation

Bernard Golden recently wrote a book titled Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Dummies, which I had an opportunity to review. One intriguing segment of the book came from a section offering 10 reasons to use AWS and one that stood out was AWS enables Innovation. Results from innovation are more immediate when it leverages the capability of cloud computing to change underlying processes across a broad segment of industries. AWS not only challenges legacy vendors in the enterprise but also help them to dominate areas of new IT revenue from start-ups funded by venture capitalists. For ex... (more)

Ensuring Platform Success by Growing Ecosystems

In the past, innovation in the IT industry consisted of a few large vendors developing hardware and software products in virtual isolation. This behavior stemmed from the desire to hide trade secrets from competition and maintain a lead in the market. Few solutions dominated the IT landscape and gave customers limited options while allowing products to thrive on high profit margins. Ever since the success of Linux, the market has been moving to a new paradigm in which hardware and software platforms harness co-development supported by a larger ecosystem of developers and partners... (more)