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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)

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)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Enterprise Cloud Adoption

The biggest barrier to enterprise cloud adoption continues to be security, but cost benefits are causing them to evaluate cloud options. While attending the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2013 conference, I spoke to enterprise customers who described how they have benefited from AWS cloud services. One converted a $70K bid from a systems integrator for a hosted website and implemented it on AWS for less than $7K. Another customer estimated the cost of acquiring an on-premises business intelligence solution for $200K plus maintenance compared to under $10K a year on AW... (more)

My Journey From RobustCloud to IDC

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 ve... (more)

Apple App Store and Its Influence on Hosted Business Applications

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer How is Apple’s success influencing the future of computing? Force.com and Google Apps now have marketplaces similar to the Apple App store whose target is businesses not consumers. You will get very few of these free or something that costs just a couple of bucks. These apps usually these have monthly maintenance fees associated with these and a lot of them have a “freemium” model, free for limited functions with a cost for value-added functionality. This is probably going to change the way business applications are delivered. Going from an in-premise model ... (more)