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The biggest barrier to enterprise cloud adoption continues to be security, but cost benefits are causing them to evaluate cloud options. While attending the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2013 conference, I spoke to enterprise customers who described how they have benefited from AWS cloud services. One converted a $70K bid from a systems integrator for a hosted website and implemented it on AWS for less than $7K. Another customer estimated the cost of acquiring an on-premises business intelligence solution for $200K plus maintenance compared to under $10K a year on AWS. I believe that savings like this will prompt enterprises to assess and migrate applications to the public cloud while addressing privacy and security concerns. While AWS has cornered the market for startups, it has upped its efforts to drive broad enterprise cloud implementation at the ... (more)

OpenStack in Asia – Where Business Agility Trumps Cost Savings

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 As... (more)

Big Data Analytics Without Complications and Expenses

Cloud computing attention is often paid to moving compute requirements from the enterprise data center to public clouds. While the technology enables a number of innovative solutions around mobile and social environments, analytics is often seen as an in-house solution that requires highly specialized skills. Cloud providers have upped their game in data analytics. No longer are they just providing you with an environment, managing the underlying machines, they are now managing underlying systems - systems specific to your needs like Big Data. This fits well with mid-sized compa... (more)

Responding to a New Breed of Services

Benefits from cloud computing are often focused on infrastructure optimization, but one disruptive change occurring across a variety of industries are a new breed of commercial services delivered through the public Internet. The common themes these services share include ease of use, accessibility through a wide range of devices and always targeting inefficient business processes. I will focus on two examples of such services that I believe show promise of future success and growth. Automatic Labs: One of the by-products of the smartphone has been a number of mobile application... (more)

Ensuring Platform Success by Growing Ecosystems

In the past, innovation in the IT industry consisted of a few large vendors developing hardware and software products in virtual isolation. This behavior stemmed from the desire to hide trade secrets from competition and maintain a lead in the market. Few solutions dominated the IT landscape and gave customers limited options while allowing products to thrive on high profit margins. Ever since the success of Linux, the market has been moving to a new paradigm in which hardware and software platforms harness co-development supported by a larger ecosystem of developers and partners... (more)