Posts Tagged ‘ Amazon ’

IBM mainframe cloud innovation. Worst oxymoron evar? Or …

IBM mainframe cloud innovation. Worst oxymoron evar? Or …

There was much shared mirth on Twitter recently over a blog post by Quentin Hardy (@qhardy), the Deputy Tech Editor and The New York Times. The short post was titled IBM’s Big Plans for Cloud Computing, and it is worth a read, if nothing else than for a little context of what IBM is thinking about cloud. Featuring Lance Crosby (@lavosby), CEO and Founder of SoftLayer (recently acquired by IBM), it did indeed have some choice hyperbole. For example, this gem:

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DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

DaaS Floodgates Open, but the River Behind Them is Dry

Today over at the Gartner.com blogs, leading analyst and all-around top bloke Gunnar Berger penned a great post on the announcement last week by Amazon (at re:Invent) of their Amazon Workspaces offering. Put perhaps too simply, this new solution uses the famous Amazon Web Services (AWS) backend to provide a so-called ‘Desktop As a Service’ (DaaS) solution, allowing end users to connect on-demand to their own desktop in the cloud, hosted on Amazon’s servers. The post – ‘The DaaS floodgates are open thanks to Amazon WorkSpaces‘ – is well worth reading, and one of the best balanced views I have seen so far. I am so happy to see an even analysis that attempts to get to the roots of this offering with real world insight. Seeing so many boosters posting uncritical reviews from re:Invent was driving me crazy, so it is great to see a more balanced view of…

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CloudViews Unplugged: January 2013

CloudViews Unplugged: January 2013

In the latest episode of CloudViews Unplugged, George Watt and I discuss the Christmas Eve AWS outage, cloud computing standards, Google awarding 6 science projects with up to one billion core-computing hours and Netflix open-sources Janitor Monkey. You can read the show notes on Smart Enterprise and download the podcast from Sound Cloud

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Is It Time to Stop Making Excuses for Cloud Outages? (BizTechMagazine)

Is It Time to Stop Making Excuses for Cloud Outages? (BizTechMagazine)

  Ricky Ribeiro (@ricktagious) of BizTech Magazine (@BizTechMagazine) has penned a few thoughtful comments on my latest blog, Time To Stop Forgiving Cloud Providers for Repeated Failures: Some cloud pundits say, “Hey, no technology is up all the time. Deal with it and plan for outages.” But Andi Mann, vice president of strategic solutions at CA Technologies, says enough is enough when it comes to excusing cloud outages. In a bold post on his blog, Mann strikes back at the notion that downtime is inevitable in IT. You can read the whole article over at BizTech Magazine online –  http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2013/01/it-time-stop-making-excuses-cloud-outages    

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Time To Stop Forgiving Cloud Providers for Repeated Failures

Time To Stop Forgiving Cloud Providers for Repeated Failures

For a long time now, cloud pundits – service providers, boosters, analysts, vendors, and other mostly vested interests – have stood behind a curtain of “downtime happens, design for failure” when assessing cloud outages. It seems that with every new failure, the self-styled clouderati repeatedly implore IT leaders to believe that, despite what we are seeing with our own eyes on an almost weekly basis, cloud providers are better at IT than you are. Over and over, the pundits’ response is a yet another chorus of, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” Rather, CIOs and others are implored to simply trust the great and powerful Oz (or is that ‘Aws’?) to provide better uptime than their own in-house IT services.

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10 Ways IT Can Own Cloud Decisions

10 Ways IT Can Own Cloud Decisions

How IT leaders can bring the true value of cloud computing to their organizations. Much of the hype surrounding cloud computing is causing confusion among enterprise IT looking to cloud to solve problems and hoping not to introduce more. Unfortunately several sources ranging from industry experts to news articles to well-known technology evangelists seem to be providing more questions around cloud than answers. IT needs some clarity and guidance to ensure their cloud endeavors produce the promised benefits. To be certain, the public cloud is a fantastic thing. It has a role to play for consumers, and even for many businesses (what’s wrong with using Gmail or Google Apps for your business?). And cloud computing for business, government, and other organizations is, without doubt, the future of IT. But we need to have at it with eyes wide open. Here are ten things IT needs to do to take ownership of…

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CloudViews Unplugged: October 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: October 2012

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies wrap up the month’s cloud news in 10 minutes. Topics for this month’s episode include rogue enterprise IT spending, schools using cloud for collaboration, Amazon’s EC2 instances marketplace, restaurants using cloud and mobile, cloud increasing the number of women in IT and more!

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Conversations with CIOs: Leaving Technology Behind

Conversations with CIOs: Leaving Technology Behind

  The Wall Street Journal recently poked fun at “innovation” as an empty marketing buzzword. They might be on to something, according to the latest research from CA Technologies. Our study of 800 global business and IT leaders found a gap between what organizations say about innovation and how they actually innovate. It should give any executive pause, and I encourage you to spend some quality time reviewing the results. In my conversations with CIOs, I find the way an IT organization defines innovation is a leading indicator of the size and risk of its innovation business gap. It can be amorphous, defined by popular consensus or defined by the CIO and expressed as a continually refined business process. Many in IT consider their work to be innovative by default. After all, we’re dealing with the latest technologies! We bring business value to new stuff like the cloud, smartphones, tablets, and social…

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CloudViews Unplugged: September 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: September 2012

In the September episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss what happens when cloud providers go out of business, SMEs benefit from cloud, CFOs see cloud benefits, Google Science Fair, AWS gathers Mars images, green cloud, Australia privacy laws, and more! To read the show notes for this episode and for more cloud content, please visit the Cloud Commons group on Smart Enterprise: http://smartenterpriseexchange.com/groups/cloud

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Public Cloud Saves The Day – Not That You’d Know

Public Cloud Saves The Day – Not That You’d Know

The hue and cry when public cloud services fail – which they do with some frequency – is almost deafening. What we rarely hear about is when the public cloud works the way we hope it will. To be fair, when Amazon takes a hit, it is an important event that begs to be over-analyzed. After all, how could anyone ever expect to possibly survive a day without harvesting digital crops, streaming an episode of Friends, making a cellphone pic look like crap, or checking into the local dive bar?! Internets are serious business!!* However, the punditry rarely give credit where credit is due – particularly in the case of public cloud uptime. So let me now give public cloud its due.

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CloudViews Unplugged: August 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: August 2012

In the August episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss emerging cloud markets, big data, 7 common cloud challenges, cloud-based farming, Netflix Chaos Monkey, Amazon cloud outages and the Olympics. To read the show notes for this episode and for more cloud content, please visit the Cloud Commons group on Smart Enterprise: http://smartenterpriseexchange.com/groups/cloud

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