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Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Got back Friday after a week in the East coast attending the Cloud Expo and meeting with customers/partners. I roamed around the exhibits and found one vendor area that was always packed - Microsoft.  Folks were attracted to the huge honking collection of hardware placed right in middle of their exhibit space. Now Microsoft is not a hardware vendor - but they seem to have partnered with others to bring this and show their might.  It also needed a special drop of electricity into the hall - 400V or so using a thick cable! Cloud computing is a collection of components that has to be delivered seamlessly - and customers notice.  Microsoft seems to know that and they did an excellent job in presenting their story - of course sharing their stage with a hardware partner - to deliver that message. Whi... (more)

Changing Your Business Model with OpenStack

In a recent presentation to Managed Service Providers (MSPs), I stressed that embracing standards had to be on their list of strategic priorities. Cloud solution success is based on a successful assembly of services from multiple providers for which standards play a key role. Included on that list should be OpenStack, the hottest open source project in cloud computing that has drawn the investment and attention of leading IT vendors like AT&T, Dell, IBM, HP and Red Hat. So, should you care about OpenStack? Cloud-based disruptions in the IT industry began when Amazon started offeri... (more)

Multi-Tenancy – Crucial Requirement for Cloud Computing Service Providers

A lot of vendors are announcing “cloud washed” solutions that is just adding to the hype in this nascent technology. It also adds to customer cynicism on what really makes is a cloud solution? I see an increasing number of ISV’s say we have a cloud-enabled solution. Sometimes it is just press release that they have “announced” a cloud solution in partnership with a hosting provider. Under the covers, this press release is just the capability to host their application in the data center of the hosting company. This is the kind of solution that customers have been doing for years a... (more)

Intel’s Intelligent Buy

It took me a while to digest Intel’s acquisition of McAfee. Other than giving Intel an opportunity to improve the desktop architecture by integrating security into chips and expanding their software footprint, this acquisition can also make a huge impact on the cloud computing architecture. Security is one of the biggest roadblocks that customers have to address when evaluating the possibility of using cloud computing technology in their solutions. Current technology to address security concerns increase hardware, software and services costs reducing benefits gained. Project times... (more)

Upcoming in June: A Packed Few Days of Cloudy Information

Just 20 days more for a Cloud Workshop in Boston, but I am already looking forward to the days after this workshop! Cloud Computing has been maturing rapidly and the next obvious step is for customers to leverage this technology. As a result, Dave Nielsen and myself have put together a series of workshops to help customers bring in their application for evaluation for cloud applicability. If you are interested in using cloud technology at your organization or for your customers, the workshop in Boston on June 2 will help you understand various characteristics of an application t... (more)