Posts Tagged ‘ IaaS ’

Cloud computing : bienvenue à l’âge adulte | Le Cercle Les Echos

Cloud computing : bienvenue à l’âge adulte | Le Cercle Les Echos

I was interviewed recently by the wonderful people at Le Cercle Les Echos. In it, I talked to them about the issues with ‘cowboys’ in the cloud, and the need for ‘grown-up’ management tools: LE CERCLE. L’hésitation de certaines entreprises à se lancer dans le Cloud computing tant que le marché n’est pas encore totalement arrivé à maturité, n’est pas un gage de réussite pour ces dernières. En réalité, plus une entreprise accumulera de l’expérience dans le Cloud, mieux elle saura en tirer les bénéfices. C’est en effet l’un des principaux enseignements d’une étude intitulée : “TechInsights Report: Cloud Succeeds. Now What ?” et conduite par CA Technologies auprès d’entreprises engagées dans le Cloud depuis plus d’un an (janvier 2013). Read the original article (in French) at the source – Cloud computing : bienvenue à l’âge adulte | Le Cercle Les Echos or check the English (Manglish) version at Google…

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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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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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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: 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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Are community cloud services the next hot thing?

Are community cloud services the next hot thing?

I was interviewed recently for a great article on community cloud services published today in NetworkWorld, by Brandon Butler. Here is just a short excerpt: From a vendor perspective, community clouds let service providers distinguish themselves in a growingly-crowded cloud market place, said Andi Mann, vice president of enterprise and cloud solutions for CA Technologies. For example, numerous providers offer a range of infrastructure as a service (IaaS) products that appeal to a broad base of customers – vendors include Amazon Web Services, RackSpace, Terremark and Savvis. An offering by a vendor targeted for an individual market though can distinguish that provider and allow it to offer complimentary services to the industry as well. A healthcare IaaS cloud provider, for example, can also provide health-care related software as a service (SaaS), or even PaaS offerings, all targeted for that industry. “It’s the difference between providing servers, and providing a service,”…

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Real-World Applications for the Private Cloud

Real-World Applications for the Private Cloud

Not surprisingly, since the release of my new book, Visible Ops – Private Cloud, I have been talking with a lot of people about how to deploy private cloud, where to start, what to avoid, etc. So far, the most common question has been, “What type of existing workloads are organizations putting into private cloud environments today – and what are they avoiding?” So I thought I would jot down some of my answers, specifically related to ‘cloud-migrant’ services, as opposed to ‘cloud-native’ services – and without getting too hung up on whether the use cases are 100% cloud or not! One recurrent use case is to provide dynamic desktop allocation, especially for education and projects use cases. A number of schools, universities, training centers, and even some larger enterprises, have adopted private cloud to allocate servers, clients, applications and data for reusable desktop systems. This seems especially prevalent for…

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A Service Taxonomy for Cloud Choices

A Service Taxonomy for Cloud Choices

I have been talking with many CIOs for some time about strategic adoption of cloud solutions. A key step in these conversations is always the review of the portfolio of services they provide to business users, so they can choose which clouds to adopt and why. This has led me to describe a high-level taxonomy that segments the service portfolio according to the different cloud requirements, capabilities, and approaches in different types of applications and services.

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Why Large Enterprises Need Public Cloud Too

Why Large Enterprises Need Public Cloud Too

In several recent posts, I have concentrated on the benefits of private cloud for large enterprises. For example: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Cloud: The Evolutionary Path The cost benefit myth of the public cloud Launching my first book – Visible Ops Private Cloud Public Cloud Computing is NOT For Everyone However, I want to be very clear about something: Public cloud offers great benefits, even – or especially – for large organizations. Public cloud may well be the only IT architecture ever needed for most small organizations, many startups, and some emerging enterprises. Why build even a server cupboard, let alone a data centre, if you don’t need to? And many of these organizations will never need to. However, even large enterprises should use public cloud. It certainly offers substantial benefits for large enterprises too, including: cost reductions – avoiding any upfront spend on hardware can drive down the cost…

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Launching my first book – Visible Ops Private Cloud

Launching my first book – Visible Ops Private Cloud

Today is a very exciting day for me. After many months of blood, sweat, and tears, today we are finally launching a brand new book that I co-wrote (alongside a couple of amazing people – Kurt Milne and Jeanne Morain), called Visible Ops Private Cloud: From Virtualization to Private Cloud in 4 Practical Steps. I am certainly excited because this is my very first ‘real’ book – a hard-copy print volume (Kindle and PDF versions will be available soon too), available for purchase on Amazon.com and ITPI.org, with a real ISBN and everything! But that is not the only reason. I am excited to be working with the book’s publisher, the IT Process Institute. The ITPI is a renowned independent research organization “that exists to support the membership of IT operations, security, and audit professionals” with a  mission “to identify practices that are proven to improve the performance of IT…

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