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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 limited options. 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)

Enterprise Social Adoption Challenges

I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was renamed "IBM Connect." The move away from Lotus branding was expected after IBM's recent repositioning of Lotus products, along with some new acquisitions under the umbrella of IBM Collaboration Solutions. The change also reflects IBM's overall direction away from selling products to customers to focusing on business outcomes. The three main themes of the Connect 2013 conference were Social Business, Sma... (more)

Can Platform as a Service (PaaS) Vendors Meet User Expectations?

As enterprise cloud adoption increases, CIOs are looking not just to use the cloud as the next shiny technology, but to also harvest major benefits. Regulations and compliance bring a set of new challenges when new transformational technologies like cloud computing are adopted. Although large technology vendors have widely promoted private clouds, recent surveys show CIOs are willing to sit out the private cloud trend until public cloud matures enough for broader use. In the same manner, many enterprises bypass some Windows releases until an upgrade is announced that is proven to... (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)

Who Benefits from the CloudStack vs OpenStack Battle?

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)