Posts Tagged ‘ Visible Ops ’

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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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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VMworld Wrap Up: Extending VMware for Mission-critical Virtualization and Cloud

VMworld Wrap Up: Extending VMware for Mission-critical Virtualization and Cloud

I had a great time at VMworld 2011 Las Vegas this year. As I predicted in my last blog post, I met with loads of amazing people – too many to list out here, let alone in 140 on Twitter! I also saw some great technology in the solutions exchange, dropped in on some fascinating sessions, and of course enjoyed some excellent meals, drinks, and parties! I was also very pleased to present on Extending the Value of Your VMware Solutions to Design, Deliver and Maintain Reliable, Mission-critical Virtualization and Cloud Services. I certainly was not there to ‘pitch’ any CA Technologies products or solutions (after all, I know that no one wants a sales pitch at a tradeshow like VMworld). Instead, I tried to provide strategic advice to the audience on how to look at their migration to cloud, and especially how to extend VMware’s excellent virtualization and cloud…

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Chinwag with Mike Laverick

Chinwag with Mike Laverick

I recently had the great pleasure of recording a ‘Chinwag’ on RTFM Education hosted by the inestimable Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick). Mike is a consummate pro with a comprehensive understanding of virtualization, so it was a privilege and a joy to record this video chat with him. Andi and I covered a wide range of questions – and we simple didn’t have enough time to cover every topic. These are the questions we DID manage to get through in our time! Q1. Folks used to talk about VM Sprawl, now their talking about VM stall. What is VM Stall, and what causes it? Q2. I see you took a side swipe at the “the software mainframe” analogy for virtualization – go on let rip! Q3. So you have just published a new book on virtualization and private cloud – what is that all about? Q4. There’s a lot of talk on…

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Review of Virtual Ops Private Cloud

Review of Virtual Ops Private Cloud

I am grateful to James Downey, Solution Architect at Dell, for writing a review of my new book, ‘Visible Ops – Private Cloud‘ on his excellent blog, Cloud of Innovation. In it, James takes a very even-handed look at our writing, and says it “offers tremendous food for thought.” Fantastic, thanks James! The four practical steps promised by the book’s subtitle depict a journey to ever greater process discipline and efficiency. Authors Andi Mann, Kurt Milne, and Jeanne Morain effectively distill lessons learned from leading organizations, making the book remarkably concrete and comprehensive for its size. You can read the whole review here – Review of Virtual Ops Private Cloud.

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CIOs’ new handy guide to sell private cloud to CEO/CFOs

CIOs’ new handy guide to sell private cloud to CEO/CFOs

I did a great interview recently with Carol Ko of Asia Cloud Forum about the release of my new book, ‘Visible Ops – Private Cloud‘. We had a great Q&A on why the book matters, how it came about, key competencies for success, critical challenges, and a whole lot more: Written for enterprise IT executives and data center managers, the book, which forms part of the Visible Ops series, studies the experience of enterprise IT organizations that have implemented private cloud solutions, and develops a four-phased approach for managing the development and rollout of a private cloud. You can read the whole interview here – CIOs’ new handy guide to sell private cloud to CEO/CFOs.

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The cost benefit myth of the public cloud

The cost benefit myth of the public cloud

There is a lot of hype around how much money you can save with public cloud. Public cloud can be cheaper than on-premise IT or private cloud, especially for selected services and SMBs. However for large enterprises, while there are plenty of reasons to use public cloud, cost reduction is not always one of them. Public cloud certainly has a low startup cost, but also a long ongoing cost. For all practical purposes, the ongoing cost is never-ending too. As long as you need it, you keep paying as much as you did on day one, without adding an asset to your books or depreciating your facilities investments. Public cloud also rarely (ever?) provides the management, security, governance, or lifecycle solutions that add cost to internal IT either – not because public cloud does not need them, but because it eats into cloud providers’ profit margins. Indeed, the myth of low…

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Calculating the cost advantages of private cloud

Calculating the cost advantages of private cloud

I was happy to see an excerpt from my new book, ‘Visible Ops – Private Cloud’ was posted recently on Tech Target’s SearchCloudComputing.com. To master private cloud economics, tune up your spreadsheets and refine the business value proposition of your portfolio view of computing environments. You need a simple model that describes the cost and benefit of each environment. With that model, you and your CIO can explain your private cloud strategy to business executives and application owners in simple terms. Check the whole excerpt at Calculating the cost advantages of private cloud. For more info about the book, read my post or the CA Technologies minisite.

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Private cloud not necessary for enterprises, analyst says

Private cloud not necessary for enterprises, analyst says

In a recent article on IT World Canada, Selena Mann (no relation) talks about the need for private and public cloud, and whether enterprises really need a private cloud. She also highlights the advice in my new book, ‘Visible Ops – Private Cloud’, with additional commentary from David Senf, an analyst at IDC Canada Ltd. There is a strategy for enterprises to manage the development of a private cloud by planning, designing, using existing resources and streamlining cloud services to suite a business’s needs, according to Andi Mann, the vice-president of Islandia, N.Y.-based CA Technologies Inc. and Kurt Milne, the managing director of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based IT Process Institute. Mann and Milne describe the strategy in their book Visible Ops-Private Cloud: from Virtualization to Private Cloud in 4 Practical Steps to be released on April 12. You can read the whole article at Private cloud not necessary for enterprises, analyst says.

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