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In my post "Interfaces for Private and Public Cloud Computing", I briefly described the main differences between public and private cloud computing from the perspective of their different application scope and interfaces. My position was that a private cloud interface should provide ri...
In the interest of balance, today I’m waxing on about the awesome opportunities presented by M&As - and some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way to help things go a bit more smoothly. M&As are one of the most powerful opportunities for a Phoenix to rise; stronger, brighter, ready...
I'm currently at a wedding, killing time reading various blog feeds. In that task, I just read a generally insightful commentary thanks to particularly ridiculous question in a post by Eric Knipp at Gartner. In the post he asks if The Cloud Will Save The World?
What if "The Cloud" visited a psychiatrist? Does Cloud and Cloud Computing need therapy? Are they suffering from split personality disorder? With so many people giving different definitions of what Cloud Computing is, no wonder The Cloud has an identity crisis. Be a fly on the wall and...
On Monday, June 29, Rackspace experienced an outage that completely shut down its hosted sites – apparently due to a problem with its Dallas datacenter. Unfortunately, an outage like the Rackspace one will keep another good set of enterprise customers from hopping on the cloud.
This is a blog about the importance of cloud solutions that are organized as services. As more and more cloud computing offerings hit the market, I think it is becoming increasingly important that users understand what to look for in such solutions. It is one thing to provide something...
The Unisys Secure Cloud Solutions are a set of cloud computing services, including Secure Platform, Infrastructure, Software and "My Application" as a Service, targeted at organizations looking to benefit from cloud computing but who don't have the internal expertise or weren...
The whole SQL databases and associated tools and modeling ecosystem is ripe for tumult. My best guess is that Oracle's pending Sun Microsystems purchase will provide offense via MySQL, and the associated community, to target the Microsoft SQL Server franchise.
One thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective. I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the world. This is suicide and far from capital e...
You can't well fix what you can't well measure. And so the true cost -- and benefits -- of complex and often sprawling IT portfolios too often remain a mystery, shrouded by outdated and often manual IT tracking and inventory tasks.
Today, on this week's Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum webcast, Mr. Jim Borland, Special Advisor for Health IT, Office of the Commissioner, Social Security Administration(SSA), will discuss the value of health care information technology. His comments included the following: ...
There have been some rather dramatic moves in the world of cyber warfare over the last couple weeks which has brought the need to for standardized interoperability & cooperation within multinational cyber defense systems to the forefront.
Whether you are aware of it or not, if you’re deploying applications in the cloud or building out your own “enterprise class” cloud, you’re going to be using load balancing. Horizontal scaling of applications is a fairly well understood process that involves (old skool) server virtuali...
Today (June 25th 2009) was one of those rare days that makes you remember why elasticity is so important when architecting your web application stack. In case you don't follow the news or twittersphere, around noon eastern time came news that everyone's favorite Charlies Angel "Farrah ...
IT's job is evolving to make sure all services really work deep inside of business process -- regardless of their origins and sourcing. Quality of component services is therefore assurance of quality processes, and so the foundation of general business conduct and productivity.
Seeing the downturn as an opportunity to upgrade, nearly two-thirds of 1,200 IT professionals surveyed in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Japan plan to invest in new infrastructure technology, according to results released this week.
When I saw the press release about Ed Zander's recent career move , I could not help myself from thinking about Ed's last 20 year professional life. His reputation since the Sun Microsystems days was that Ed was not a very technology-enabled executive. I am not sure even today if he pe...
Platform ISF leverages Platform’s resource sharing technology, EGO, and its virtual machine orchestrator (VMO), combine to deliver an infrastructure-sharing platform. Platform has also built in additional capabilities for self-service, reporting and billing -- helping to make clouds a ...
Recently I asked a question on twitter, one I figured would stir up some debate. (Which was the point) The question was "Does the CTO matter any more with the rise of Cloud Computing or is it all about the CIO with data reigning supreme?"
Today was the first day of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit, in the Roosevelt Hote in NYC.
During the pre-recording of this weeks Federal News Radio Federal Executive Forum, Vish Sankaran, Program Director of Federal Health Architecture, discussed the role of information technology in improving the country...
HP's purchase last year of EDS came just as talk of cloud computing options ramped up. So how does EDS fit into a new cloud ecology? We pose these and other "fluid sourcing" questions to David Gee, Vice President of Marketing at EDS, in a podcast interview.
Like any new business technology, the early development of cloud services can be a little confusing -- as some descriptions are still open to interpretation. However, the dialog is helpful, because it enables us to focus on the true business value of data center resources.
Jeremy Geelan hosts an excellent panel on cloud computing business value featuring: Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, Rod Fontecilla of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Hal Stern, SVP & CTO of Sun's Global Sales Group.
In describing my theory on the Cloud Multiverse, I may have missed the few obvious implications of using the prefix "multi" or consisting of more than one part or entity. Although the Cloud Multiverse thesis suggests there will be more then one internet based platform or cloud to choos...
White papers are powerful marketing tools to show thought leadership and generate leads . How do you get started on writing and marketing a white paper? What are the various components of a white paper? How do you ensure that your white papers land in the hand of the right decision mak...
The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance provides several customization capabilities that allow users to produce highly customized private WebSphere clouds. From custom software, to custom middleware topologies, to custom applications, users can produce a private WebSphere clouds that is a p...
Today, I start two days of training with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Federal. If that's the first time you've ever heard about an AWS Federal division, your not alone. Held in downtown Washington, DC the course was invite-only and attendance was IT services firms that had demonstrated a ...
Two recent posts on Cisco's blog shed light into where they see cloud computing going for the enterprise. And my is it sexy.
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public fe...
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week, Kundra announced ambitious plans to “democratize” federal government data by making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for the creation of a single point of access to all public fe...
A little over a week ago I put out a request to my readers to help me with my meeting with Vivek Kundra. The response has been awesome!Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations, both public and private. Below, in purely random order, are just some of the comments I've received...
Will the cloud succumb to the same short-sighted, market pressure that doomed the ASP model and still plagues SaaS approaches? It’s not up to vendors to answer this question. It’s up to you … the enterprise architect.
Interesting discussion happening on the CCIF Mailing list today. John Suffolk (UK Government CIO) resp...
The concept of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has been around for a long time, and some people believe it has not fulfilled its promise. To the contrary, SOA is well on its way to fulfilling its promise and the rise of cloud computing infrastructure is an important step in this p...

 You can’t differentiate until you do something different

Gartner analyst and cloud pundit Lydia Leong reminds us that without di...

With all the recent buzz around cloud computing within various governments around the globe there is one major international organization notably absent from the discussions -- Jun. 17, 2009 08:15 AM EDT  Reads: 19,310
The new IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a one-stop shop for creating, deploying, and managing WebSphere virtual systems in a private cloud. It has quite a lot of very cool features that make this a possibility, and I could go on and on about those features.
Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it.
Interesting developments from our friends in the UK today. The British government's newly appointed chief information officer John Suffolk has been be given new powers to sign-off all major IT projects with a particular focus placed on the creation of country wide Cloud Computing infra...


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