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 blog post "Do not pass on PaaS" - make sure you pause and get a
good understanding on what you are going to have in your bag of tools to face
this new IT landscape.
The announcement today of VMForce is a good indicator of things to come.
VMware brings rich skills in virtualization and a stron... (more)
Starting next month, I will take up the role of Research Manager in the
Platform as a Service Practice with International Data Corporation (IDC).
After spending 5 years evangelizing cloud computing as an independent
consultant and analyst, I will now leverage my skills at IDC by focusing on
one of the emerging and fast growing facets of cloud computing.
The past five years have been one heck of a ride interspersed with dozens of
conferences, speaking engagements and short consulting activities. Along the
way I interacted with the best of cloud experts, analysts, customers and
Recently a number of companies have been talking about cloud certifications.
The topics cover security, resilience and HIPAA among other certifications.
The federal leadership in cloud computing talks about centralized
Cloud computing certifications should belong in broad categories, for
Standards: Do products or solutions adhere to industry or technology
standards e.g security, etc Communications: Platform portability and
inter-cloud communications should fall here. Encapsulation of multiple
standards become important here. Individual certifications:... (more)
Recently I was having a conversation with Jeremy Geelan on Skype, sharing
screens on the proposed cloud expo boot camp agenda, and then the most
annoying thing happens: the local electric company drops power for two whole
minutes. I lose my Internet connection and we resume our conversation about 5
Although this is rare in our neighborhood, this was just an annoyance without
too much of loss of productivity. On the other hand, a disconnected scenario
can be severely more painful if it happened in a commercial setting. Imagine
the following scenarios if with a brok... (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)