Enterprise customers are frustrated with growing costs and limitations of
traditional IT software. This problem is exacerbated when start-ups appear
out of nowhere to compete with agile businesses powered by the cloud. To meet
customers' needs, I have seen a number of legacy IT vendors extend the
OpenStack cloud platform to give their customers a viable cloud computing
operating system that does not lock customers in with a single provider and
Recognizing the growing popularity of OpenStack among enterprise developers,
HP sponsored OpenStack "Stackups" across Asia to promote open discussion of
OpenStack-related solutions and encourage community feedback. I moderated
panel discussions at three of these Stackups in Hong Kong, Singapore, and
Bangalore and personally interacted with hundreds of developers and other IT
professionals and learned a great ... (more)
Citrix moving CloudStack to Apache is old news now but there are some
interesting aspects about this move that have not quite been noted from an
enterprise point of view.
This post summarizes my opinion of some potential winners from this news.
There are three major points from the announcement: OpenStack is not (yet)
technically mature Citrix with CloudStack and Eucalyptus seems Amazon
friendly Big names already jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon with RedHat/IBM
sounding they will soon climb aboard too After this announcement, there are
three biggest beneficiaries: Amazon, VMware... (more)
A common theme heard in the IT marketplace is that innovative technologies
are enabling new insights to be harvested from data. Cloud computing provides
the necessary infrastructure that allows smaller organizations to enjoy the
value from these insights. As cloud computing becomes mainstream, analytics
driven by new sources are leveraged by formation of new partnerships. GE and
Google recently announced a partnership for the utility business that
integrates Google map functions with GE's geospatial analytical tools to
improve visualization. Any way you look at it, integrating co... (more)
Solutions from legacy IT vendors face increasing challenges from start-ups.
These legacy solutions, while technologically advanced, fall behind when
customers evaluate features/function. For example, Amazon built a very
successful cloud solution with experience from a large community of start-ups
and beat IBM to win the CIA's multi-year cloud deal.
Several legacy IT vendors are seeing revenue drop as a result of increased
losses to start-ups under current market conditions. While analyzing an
uptick of such wins, I noticed a trend that the commonalities between winning
At VMWorld, a marketing executive from a technology company asked me what
kinds of workloads were inappropriate for the cloud with today's technology.
Core banking and manufacturing execution systems immediately came to mind.
Banks do not want their security compromised, and manufacturing plants do not
want any downtime. Current cloud technology is not ideally suited for these
On the other hand, after watching US Open online and noticing that it was
powered by IBM, I wondered how such an event could be architected to take
full advantage of cloud technology.
While ... (more)