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An announcement today by IBM is trying to solve an IT development and delivery problem that has been perpetually vexing CIOs.  It is similar to what the automotive industry has been trying for years – self-driving cars(a.k.a. automation in IT) that also give great gas mileage (a.k.a. optimization in IT). IBM’s PureSystems promises automated tools as well as efficiency on the network and storage level speeding the delivery time of IT solutions.  It came at the heels of a similar announcement by HP called Converged Cloud. Why is IBM doing this?  The challenge from public clouds is prompting IBM and a number of technology companies like Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP and Oracle to improve their product portfolio in order to make sure they hold on to a valuable source of revenue from data centers.  As a result, IT departments will finally be able to focus more on innovation and le... (more)

Oracle’s Acquisition of Xsigo: The Drive to Integrated Stacks

Acquisitions in the cloud computing space have been picking up recently as technology companies look to offer end-to-end solutions.  It also shows that for large companies, innovation through acquisition is becoming more popular as a way to adapt to changing technology trends.  Cloud acquisitions typically fall into the Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) category. Oracle has been a voracious cloud acquirer with a number of SaaS acquisitions like RightNow, Taleo and Vitrue.  SAP has also been adding to their SaaS portfolio with purchases of Ariba ... (more)

OpenStack and Integrated Hardware

When I signed up to attend Enterprise 2013, a conference for IBM’s enterprise systems and storage users, I was wondering how much cloud computing information would be shared. A large number of sessions addressed how IBM has integrated OpenStack with compute, storage and network components of their hardware. While OpenStack, the open standard Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) management platform, has eight platinum founding members (as of Oct 2013), only IBM and HP are hardware manufacturers. So why is hardware important for OpenStack? Apple builds great products having control ... (more)

Limited Shelf Life for IaaS?

By IaaS, I meant "Integration as a Service" not "Infrastructure as a Service". Now that I got your attention let's continue! After my blog: “Cloud Computing Connections - It's All About Plumbing”, I did a deeper dive into cloud integration challenges. Does the much ballyhooed term of “Integration as a Service” that some folks use to categorize cloud solutions have a limited shelf life?Some acquisitions in the cloud computing space, especially those related to application integration, definitely make the integration challenge as it relates to cloud initiatives confusing and cloud... (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)