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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)

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)

Innovative Analytics - Changing the IT Landscape

A common theme heard in the IT marketplace is that innovative technologies are enabling new insights to be harvested from data. Cloud computing provides the necessary infrastructure that allows smaller organizations to enjoy the value from these insights. As cloud computing becomes mainstream, analytics driven by new sources are leveraged by formation of new partnerships. GE and Google recently announced a partnership for the utility business that integrates Google map functions with GE's geospatial analytical tools to improve visualization. Any way you look at it, integrating co... (more)

Community-Enabled Solutions Are the Future

Solutions from legacy IT vendors face increasing challenges from start-ups. These legacy solutions, while technologically advanced, fall behind when customers evaluate features/function. For example, Amazon built a very successful cloud solution with experience from a large community of start-ups and beat IBM to win the CIA's multi-year cloud deal. Several legacy IT vendors are seeing revenue drop as a result of increased losses to start-ups under current market conditions. While analyzing an uptick of such wins, I noticed a trend that the commonalities between winning solutions... (more)

The U.S. Open Tennis Tournament and Cloud Technology

At VMWorld, a marketing executive from a technology company asked me what kinds of workloads were inappropriate for the cloud with today's technology. Core banking and manufacturing execution systems immediately came to mind. Banks do not want their security compromised, and manufacturing plants do not want any downtime. Current cloud technology is not ideally suited for these applications. On the other hand, after watching US Open online and noticing that it was powered by IBM, I wondered how such an event could be architected to take full advantage of cloud technology. While ... (more)