Posts Tagged ‘ cloud computing ’

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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2013 IT outlook: Innovation trumps cost-cutting

2013 IT outlook: Innovation trumps cost-cutting

You know I am not a big fan of the prediction blog – which neverthless never stops me from trying – but Ann Bednarz over at Network World has done  a stellar job of crystal ball gazing in her new article on the outlook for 2013, part of a significant series in that august journal. I am honored that she decided to interview me, and quotes me in some depth in the article. “Cloud computing has accelerated the pace of change, undeniably,” says Andi Mann, vice president of strategic solutions at CA Technologies. With the availability of cloud services, start-ups in industries such as retail, healthcare and media, for instance, can set up shop without making enormous capital investments in tech. “We’ve seen new competitors come into crowded markets and totally disrupt those markets, and they can do it on a dime because they don’t have to buy infrastructure or…

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CloudViews Unplugged: December 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: December 2012

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss cloud computing predictions for 2013, The Weather Channel scaling up their cloud during Hurricane Sandy, researchers using cloud for molecule-by-molecule printing for anti-cancer drugs & more!

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New Research Explains What Really Makes a Successful Hybrid Cloud

New Research Explains What Really Makes a Successful Hybrid Cloud

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a sucker for excellent research and data. Well, my friend and co-author on Visible Ops – Private Cloud, Kurt Milne (@kurtmilne on Twitter), just sucked me in with some excellent new research on ‘Private and Hybrid Cloud IaaS Project Success Factors‘. It was published by the IT Process Institute, so I knew immediately that it would be both interesting and important, and that it would provide immediately actionable insight – because that is what ITPI does. Indeed it is all I expected – 31 pages of pure awesomesauce, to be exact! In it, ITPI looked at the success (or otherwise) of IaaS clouds from 143 different companies that have deployed a private or hybrid cloud. The report then evaluated a set of five key performance indicators – development agility, operational efficiency, service quality, business outcomes, and governance control – and identified the…

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CloudViews Unplugged: Special Edition – Caption Contest

CloudViews Unplugged: Special Edition – Caption Contest

In this special edition episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies reveal the winner of cloud caption cartoon contest! via CloudViews Unplugged: Caption Contest – YouTube.

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CloudViews Unplugged: November 2012

CloudViews Unplugged: November 2012

In this episode of CloudViews Unplugged, Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies discuss the latest cloud computing news, what’s new & cool in cloud, and fire off questions in a quickfire round. This episode includes the following news items: – A recent survey that says 96% of CIOs see quantifiable benefits of cloud. – The gap between business and IT when it comes to planning for cloud adoption. – Amazon reports that government agencies and educational institution cloud adoption on the rise. – The cloud morphs healthcare in five ways. – High performance computing for small and medium sized businesses. You can read the show notes and get links to all the articles mentioned on Smart Enterprise.

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What It Will Take to Sell Cloud to a Skeptical Business – Forbes

What It Will Take to Sell Cloud to a Skeptical Business – Forbes

I was featured this week in a great new article by Joe McKendrick – who I am a big fan of – after I expressed some issues with a recent survey that asserts Fortune 500 CIOs are seeing mainly positive results from their cloud computing efforts. Not so much that there is not success, but who is in the position to make that call… Andi Mann, vice president for strategic solutions at CA Technologies, for one, questions whether CIOs are the right individuals to talk to about the success of cloud computing. And he takes the original Navint Partners report – which was based on qualitative interviews with 20 CIOs – to task. “Twenty CIOs are happy, so far, with cloud computing. But what about their bosses, their employees, their organization’s partners and their customers?” he asks. “Are they happy?” There is a lot more in the article, so you…

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Public Cloud for the Enterprise: A Podcast with IT Industry Analyst Firm, Neovise

Public Cloud for the Enterprise: A Podcast with IT Industry Analyst Firm, Neovise

I recently had a great chat with one of the top cloud analysts in the business, Paul Burns – my former colleague at EMA, and now principal at Neovise. In just 19 minutes, Andi Mann, Vice President of Strategic Solutions, CA Technologies, provides insights to enterprise adoption of public cloud services. Based on his ongoing work with Fortune 1,000 enterprise IT organizations, Andi discusses his observations and perspectives on what is working well with enterprise adoption of public cloud services,what is not working so well, and the future outlook on public cloud services for the enterprise … Check it out over at the source – it was a great podcast, if I say so myself!  

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CloudViews Unplugged: Cloud Standards with Marvin Waschke – YouTube

CloudViews Unplugged: Cloud Standards with Marvin Waschke – YouTube

In this special edition of CloudView Unplugged, Marvin Waschke, author of Cloud Standards: Agreements That Hold Cloud Together, is interviewed by Andi Mann and George Watt of CA Technologies. In this video, Marvin discusses why cloud standards are important and how standards are helping to foster innovation.

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CA Technologies announces ‘CloudViews Unplugged’ video chat series to power cloud debate | ITWeb

CA Technologies announces ‘CloudViews Unplugged’ video chat series to power cloud debate | ITWeb

Caption contest challenges entrants to capture the lighter side of cloud computing. CA Southern Africa has announced that CA Technologies has unveiled a new monthly video chat as part of its cloud thought leadership programme, called CloudViews. With this move, CA aims to broaden the debate on cloud computing. Andrea Lodolo, CTO Southern Africa, explains: “The CloudViews programme has been running for several years. With a reach that has grown to over 70 000 since its inception, it has become a go-to source for the cloud community, providing an unbiased source of cloud news, analysis and perspectives to a broad audience of technology and business leaders.” Read the whole article at CA Technologies announces ‘CloudViews Unplugged’ video chat series to power cloud debate | ITWeb.

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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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