Posts Tagged ‘ AWS ’

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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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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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: July 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: July 2012

In the July episode of CloudViews Unplugged, George Watt and I discuss two recent cloud surveys, rogue IT, how Europe is lagging behind the US in cloud adoption, the national Kidney Registry’s move to cloud, plus Google Maps Coordinate, Oracle cloud, Facebook privacy, and Google IaaS. 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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The Cloud Market Is Wide Open for the Taking

The Cloud Market Is Wide Open for the Taking

Recently I wrote about how public cloud is failing large enterprises. Despite the wild success of public cloud for consumer and SMB use cases, I noted, most research shows that enterprises are investing substantially more in private cloud than public cloud, because cloud service providers (CSPs) are failing to satisfy enterprise requirements for service assurance, security, compliance, billing, governance, etc. Most people I spoke with agreed with this analysis, but some told me (and still others talked among themselves) that I could not be right. They have seen hundreds of enterprises that have adopted public cloud, they said. Relating their stories of such-and-such an enterprise they just did business with, or the hundreds of unnamed enterprises they recently sold to, they said that I must be wrong. Of course, there are exceptions. At CA Technologies, we have many customers who have invested in public cloud in some fashion. There are…

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Why the Public Cloud is a Big Fat Enterprise #Fail

Why the Public Cloud is a Big Fat Enterprise #Fail

Simultaneously meeting the needs of consumers, while addressing the needs of IT leaders, is exactly how a small With the advent of the consumer driven enterprise, there are now two ways to define the success of a platform. One is to look at adoption rates and declare a platform successful based on how many people are using it. By that measure, the public cloud is a smashing enterprise success. Billions of users worldwide are using public cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive (formerly Docs), Skype, Evernote, YouTube and, yes, even Facebook to do business with colleagues, customers, partners and vendors. But the other way to define platform success is to look at what businesses, organizations and institutions are actually investing in and encouraging people to use. By that measure, the public cloud is a resounding enterprise flop. Every one of the public cloud services I just mentioned top the…

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Do Amazon AWS and Eucalyptus Now Have “Enterprise Cloud Appeal”?

Do Amazon AWS and Eucalyptus Now Have “Enterprise Cloud Appeal”?

I saw a fantastic article from Nancy Gohring of InfoWorld yesterday, on how “Amazon said that it would back Eucalyptus’ efforts to support Amazon Web Services’ APIs”. Great article, well worth reading in full. For me, however, it was the a priori assumption in the first paragraph (and the headline) that really stood out: Eucalyptus has become far more attractive to enterprises wishing to build private clouds, now that the No. 1 cloud provider — Amazon Web Services — has thrown its weight behind the software company. I am not buying this at all.

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The Cost of Proprietary vs. Public Cloud

The Cost of Proprietary vs. Public Cloud

After Australia’s Melbourne IT unceremoniously dumped VMware vCloud Express, I wondered whether proprietary offerings like vCloud Express can provide the margin to compete with equivalent open source cloud offerings (e.g. based on Xen or KVM). I am not alone either. Respected analyst Dale Vile (co-founder of Freeform Dynamics) posed similar questions on Twitter. One VMware employee asserted that vCloud Express pricing is “very competitive with any cloud” In response, one VMware employee posted a Virtacore vCloud Express price list and asserted that vCloud Express pricing is “very competitive with any cloud” and that the cost of proprietary cloud was a “non-issue”. However, it turns out that the ‘non-issue’ status of vCloud Express pricing is far from universal, even within VMware. At the recent Cloud Expo event (my roundup and slides for my three sessions are here), another VMware employee seemed to think it an issue worth addressing, as he chose…

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