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A lot of folks talk about public clouds not being economically justifiable when volumes are high enough to support building your own infrastructure. This is due to the perception that consistent use can make public cloud use expensive. Just as I was about to write a blog and predict that Netflix would move from Amazon to building their own data centers for cost optimization, I saw a presentation from Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix, on slideshare that threw me off. In summary, Adrian says that Netflix is moving from its own datacenter to Amazon and it is the most optimal solution for Netflix. Randy Bias did an interview with Adrian that compared Netflix's strategy to Google's philosophy. However, Google chooses to run its own datacenters while Netflix wants to be “a small-ish fish in a big AWS pond rather than building their own pond”, according to Adria... (more)

Solving Cloud Computing Challenges with Fun and Games

Cloud computing solutions require a diverse set of technologies (networking, server management, virtualization, etc.) and skills (integration, multi-tenant application development, etc.) working together in harmony to bring optimum solutions for customers. Necessity of multiple technologies working together challenges large technology companies with profitable on-premise products to integrate efforts in the conceptualization, development, selling and delivery of cloud computing solutions. Multiple billion-dollar brands, successful in their own right, tend to work independently ... (more)

SAP Workloads Moving to the Cloud

With the increased automation of business processes, enterprises are integrating closely with their customers and partners to transform into connected businesses. At the same time, social and mobile interactions are growing at an unprecedented rate, resulting in data storage growth and accompanying demands for analytics. In this new environment, businesses are faced with a significant growth in compute, storage and network infrastructure. Rather than just add more resources to their existing data centers, organizations are either optimizing their in-house resources or looking f... (more)

Cloud Computing Connections - It's All About the Plumbing

Cloud Computing Bootcamp (Santa Clara, CA | November 2, 2010) Cloud computing is filled with innovation. One of the crucial aspects that makes cloud computing initiatives successful is integration. And there are companies developing innovative solutions in cloud-based integration.  During my ecosystem presentation at Clloud Expo's Cloud Computing Bootcamp last month, I identified two such companies: Boomi and Cast Iron. On May 3rd, IBM announced its purchase of Cast Iron. What makes it interesting is that IBM is already the leader in integration solutions. What makes Cast Iron a... (more)

Cloud Computing Observations from Systems Integrators and ISVs

During the last few weeks I met quite a few Systems Integrators (SIs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) during the Cloud Expo at Prague and when visiting India/Dubai. I had good discussions about their strategy and objectives moving forward in the next few years. Here are some observations during my discussions regarding open source and partnerships. Open source: Almost all companies building web or mobile delivered solutions truly delivered as a multi-tenant cloud computing solution picked open source as their platform of choice. Solutions targeting large enterprises with ... (more)