Posts Tagged ‘ Microsoft ’

Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!

Fantastic Cloud Expo West … Again!

This past week I attended the 13th International Cloud Expo West out in Santa Clara. Once again it was a fantastic event. I had meetings with some really interesting start-ups in cloud, attended several excellent sessions, met with some great friends from years past, and made some new friends too. Apart from all that, I was there to present too. My session was on “Harnessing APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud Of Clouds’”. You can read the abstract here, or you can download a PDF of the whole deck here. I guess it was perhaps an overly SEO-heavy title, but in all seriousness, the intersection of rapid innovation, cloud computing, API economy, and devops – the core of this presentation – is a critical space that I am very excited about. In this preso, I explained the modern consumer-driven world of IT, where customers and staff expect everything…

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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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CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together

CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together

I was interviewed for a great article published today in CRN titled, “CA Putting Cloud Pieces Together”. In it, Jack McCarthy writes:

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“To the Cloud!” – Cloud Fair Seattle Interview (Smart Talk 570 KVI)

“To the Cloud!” – Cloud Fair Seattle Interview (Smart Talk 570 KVI)

Last week I had a great time in an interview on The Buzz with Scott Carty, on Seattle radio station Smart Talk 570 KVI, talking about the upcoming Cloud Fair 2012 in Seattle. I was joined by Cloud Fair organizer Rick Klimanowski and fellow speaker, Margaret Dawson of Symform. Scott had some pretty good questions for Margaret, Rick and I from ‘outside the cloud bubble’ – like how many clouds can I have, is cloud computing secure, is it all hype, how can a company know when to start using cloud? So please listen in below – it is only 8 minutes. I don’t talk a lot, jumping in at around the 5 minute mark,  if that makes it more palatable. 🙂

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6 Core Competencies to Use and Provide Enterprise Cloud Services

6 Core Competencies to Use and Provide Enterprise Cloud Services

There is a persistent (mainly vendor-driven) meme going around the world of IT that building and running a responsible, secure, available, enterprise-quality cloud is simple. The theory seems to be that it just needs some server virtualization, adding automation, maybe dropping in some change control, and calling it done. Or that all you need to do is to logon to a public cloud provider, give them a credit card number, then click a button to migrate your workloads to the cloud. You see it virtually everywhere you turn. It shows up in myopic discussions of ‘cloud lifecycle’ that conveniently ignore pre- and post-deployment activity like service planning, application design, security and compliance, and facilities management. It is the basis of posts that gush over benefits of cloud that only apply to new applications on mono-platform ecosystems. It is the premise for speeches advising you to ‘ring-fence’ any platform, technology, or…

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Microsoft’s Office 365 Hit By Outages: eWeek.com

Microsoft’s Office 365 Hit By Outages: eWeek.com

I was quoted in eWeek this week, commenting on the Microsoft Office 365 outages: Even such incidents, though, don’t seem to be dissuading businesses from believing in the ultimate benefits of the cloud. “Clouds will have downtime—it’s a fundamental issue,” Andi Mann, chief cloud strategy guru at CA Technologies, told eWEEK. “But you need to be ready for downtime, whether it’s your own infrastructure or cloud infrastructure. You need to understand what the risk is. It’s all just about risk management.” In other news, I am considering getting new business cards listing my title as “Chief Cloud Strategy Guru”. What do you think? Check the whole article here – Microsoft’s Office 365 Hit By Outages – eWeek.com

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CIOZone.com Virtualization Video Discussion – Moving Past Virtual Stall

CIOZone.com Virtualization Video Discussion – Moving Past Virtual Stall

At VMworld 2010, I had the great pleasure to record a video interview with Roger Green, Executive Editor at CIOZone.com. We chatted for about 20 minutes in total (in 2 parts) about virtualization, the issues of virtual stall (including both causes and solutions), how the antecedents of virtualization can inform our modern approaches, the importance of data center automation, the impending tsunami of cloud computing, and much more. If you have not seen it, you can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. (btw, if you have not seen the video archive on CIOZone.com, you really should – it includes some fantastic interviews with many virtualization and cloud experts and thought leaders including Microsoft Director David Greschler, Rackspace CTO John Engates, VMware GM Jim Morrisroe, VMware CIO Mark Egan, and my colleague and counterpart in our Virtualization Product Management team, CA Technologies VP Subo Guha – plus a host…

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The Cost of Innovation in Virtualization and Cloud?

The Cost of Innovation in Virtualization and Cloud?

I was pointed the other day to a chart on the Business Insider ‘Chart of the Day’ (@chartoftheday) showing the R&D expenditures for a handful of tech companies, evidence of Apple’s supposedly superior ‘innovation’ compared to four apparently randomly chosen tech companies. On the surface, I thought it was an interesting idea, so I looked at R&D spending in companies that are actually related, in the virtualization and cloud computing space. With a little research on Google Finance, I put together the following chart: While it is interesting to look at these numbers, and individual comparisons can be somewhat revealing, I don’t see a reliable correlation between technology innovation and R&D spending – either as a percentage of revenues, or an absolute amount. I’ll just leave it here though. Feel free to comment on what you think this means. Appendix: For the Inquisitive If you are geek like me, you…

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“Software Mainframe” – a Poor Analogy for Virtualization

“Software Mainframe” – a Poor Analogy for Virtualization

IT loves analogies. Seriously, will the computer-as-a-car analogy ever die (please)? It has been over 10 years since we first heard jokes about if Microsoft built cars: At a computer expo (COMDEX) Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles/gallon.” Recently General Motors addressed this comment by releasing the statement : “Yeah, but would you want your car to crash twice a day?” It has been popular ever since. Citrix stretched the car analogy significantly last year, comparing VDI to a truck, XenDesktop (or was it XenApp?) to a Prius (or was it an SUV?), and XenServer to a Porsche (with Xen as the engine, ‘natch). This year Citrix again used some kind of car analogy, but the compact car was…

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Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector

If there was still any doubt about the real world use cases for cloud computing, the US Federal Government last week published a 38-page report  entitled “State of Public Sector Cloud Computing” (link to PDF at CIO.gov). Attributed to the Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, it is stamped with the seal/logo of the CIO Council, which comprises the CIOs of some 28 federal government agencies. The report details 30 case studies in public sector cloud computing (for both state and federal governments), covering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS service models; using private, public, community, and hybrid cloud deployment models; with both on-premise and off-premise implementations. Measurable Benefits from Key Case Studies After perfunctorily reciting what it calls “the broadly recognized and adopted NIST Definition of Cloud Computing,” and using the opportunity to briefly push its own barrow on cloud standards (a subject I plan to blog about in more detail at another…

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