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Acquisitions in the cloud computing space have been picking up recently as technology companies look to offer end-to-end solutions.  It also shows that for large companies, innovation through acquisition is becoming more popular as a way to adapt to changing technology trends.  Cloud acquisitions typically fall into the Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) category. Oracle has been a voracious cloud acquirer with a number of SaaS acquisitions like RightNow, Taleo and Vitrue.  SAP has also been adding to their SaaS portfolio with purchases of Ariba and SuccessFactors.  IBM, which typically claims that it is not in the “application” space, has been adding to its SaaS portfolio with business analytics solutions like DemandTec and Emptoris.  SaaS solutions are a great way to open cloud markets to large technology companies as the subscrip... (more)

Multi-Tenancy – Crucial Requirement for Cloud Computing Service Providers

A lot of vendors are announcing “cloud washed” solutions that is just adding to the hype in this nascent technology. It also adds to customer cynicism on what really makes is a cloud solution? I see an increasing number of ISV’s say we have a cloud-enabled solution. Sometimes it is just press release that they have “announced” a cloud solution in partnership with a hosting provider. Under the covers, this press release is just the capability to host their application in the data center of the hosting company. This is the kind of solution that customers have been doing for years a... (more)

Intel’s Intelligent Buy

It took me a while to digest Intel’s acquisition of McAfee. Other than giving Intel an opportunity to improve the desktop architecture by integrating security into chips and expanding their software footprint, this acquisition can also make a huge impact on the cloud computing architecture. Security is one of the biggest roadblocks that customers have to address when evaluating the possibility of using cloud computing technology in their solutions. Current technology to address security concerns increase hardware, software and services costs reducing benefits gained. Project times... (more)

Size Matters...in Computing Stacks

In the aerospace industry, two huge product delays recently cost Airbus (A380) and Boeing (787) billions of dollars. The biggest issue faced were the challenges encountered in integrating products from a myriad of suppliers into one highly tested and reliable airplane. Components like landing gear, engines, fuel systems and fuselage sections have to work in sync with each other to ensure that the final product is reliable enough to carry hundreds of passengers on each flight. So how does this example fit into cloud computing? As information technology is delivered as a service, ... (more)

Integration or Connectivity - "as a Service"?

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)