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
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)
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)
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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 ... (more)
Over the past year I have listened to many vendor webinars talking about
their cloud computing solution story. After the call I always get an e-mail
or phone call trying to see my needs. This follow-up is very good as the
purpose of these webinars is to obtain leads and the follow up process is to
qualify these leads.
Until yesterday, none of these calls were of any value to me. Some vendors
called and promised to connect me to their product folks to give me more
information but nobody ever contacted me. I replied to some vendors e-mails
but they do not follow up. Other vendors ... (more)
Integration challenges in cloud computing have always been intriguing to me
and I had posted a previous blog on the importance of SaaS vendors supporting
standards enabling easier connectivity.
Patchwork solutions integrating applications written over the years have
created an inventory of application portfolios so complicated to maintain
that their budget drains a large percentage of corporate information
technology expenditure even today.
>Cloud computing makes the need of world-class integration services important
to the overall success of solutions. Vendors are not ignoring ... (more)