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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.
During my Cloud Computing Bootcamp presentations a lot of discussion was
around picking the right vendors to develop solutions on the cloud. Several
vendors in this space have skills in certain areas but are not strong in all
areas to make available an end to end solution.
Platform as a Service (PaaS) requires a robust tool-set that has to go
through a stringent selection process before someone picks it as their
platform to build strong solutions on. The folks selecting it usually know
the risks associated with picking a wrong platform. That is why I picked the
title of this b... (more)
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)
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)
The growth of smart mobile devices has led to a simultaneous advance of
social gaming. Game developers are taking advantage of this trend by building
popular products that resonate with youth. Not surprisingly, Facebook has
enabled the social component of gaming by allowing their platform to be used
Companies like Joyent act as cloud service providers specifically targeting
Facebook game developers with a niche solution. For example, an immensely
successful social game called Candy Crush Saga recently surpassed Angry Birds
to become the most popular game. This shows th... (more)