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Steven Vaughan-Nichols blogs about all things cloud

How many servers do you need for your cloud?

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One of the neat things about cloud, as a user, is that you don’t have to worry about how many servers you need. Need some more? Just spin them up. No fuss, no muss. But what about when you’re the cloud architect? You know — the guy or gal who must buy the servers that make up […]

OpenStack continues to grow

Some people tell me that the popular open-source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) OpenStack cloud is dying. They tell me that people aren’t using it. To them, I say: Nonsense! Sure, OpenStack is not Amazon Web Services (AWS) nor any of its major public cloud competitors, but it was never meant to be that. Yes, OpenStack can be […]

What’s going on with Intel and OpenStack?

Is Intel backing away from the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud? Good question, but I don’t see it happening myself. The story that questions Intel’s commitment to OpenStack was sparked by news that Intel was pulling out of its Rackspace partnership, the OpenStack Innovation Center. This was a software-testing project meant to encourage the use of OpenStack in the enterprise. […]

VMware joins Cisco, HPE and Verizon in shifting course on public cloud

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Successful cloud companies don’t need to be public cloud companies. Confused? Well, if you think the public cloud is the be-all, end-all of cloud computing, that’s understandable. Story after story focuses on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, Google Compute and IBM Cloud. But, in the background several major companies are abandoning their public clouds. First, HPE dropped […]

Cloud Foundry offers cloud developer certification

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Many people can talk a good cloud game, but when it comes to building cloud applications, it’s another matter. That’s why the Cloud Foundry Foundation and The Linux Foundation is creating a cloud developer education and certification initiative: The “Cloud Foundry Certified Developer” program. In a recent survey, the Cloud Foundry Foundation found that “64% of IT […]

The big cloud is making big bucks

There’s money to be made in the cloud. Smaller companies may have trouble realizing revenue from their cloud offerings, but for billion-dollar businesses, the cloud can be very, very profitable. Let’s look at some examples. Do you know what Amazon‘s profits would look like without Amazon Web Services (AWS)? Actually, that’s a trick question. Amazon […]

Why some cloud vendors are shifting to the managed cloud

When it comes to cloud market share, Amazon Web Services (AWS) (surprise!) leads the pack with 40%, according to Synergy Research’s February 2017 cloud market share report. It’s followed also to no great surprise by Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and the IBM Cloud. At the same time, the smaller cloud services providers’ (CSP) market share is […]

Evaluating price and performance in the public cloud

Time to ask yourself, “Are you getting your money’s worth from your public cloud?” Take Snapchat, the popular mobile app that enables users to send videos and pictures that self destruct after a few seconds after viewing. Its parent company, Snap, is filing for its Intial Public Opening (IPO). In the filing, Snap revealed that it spends $400 […]

Gartner looks into its public cloud crystal ball

Things are looking rosy for the public cloud from where IT research giant Gartner sits. Others, however, see the private cloud doing just fine. Gartner expects the worldwide public cloud service market to grow 18% in 2017 to total $246.8 billion. That’s up from $209.2 billion in 2016. IaaS is expected to grow 36.8% in 2017 […]

Municipal drones are coming — and cloud leaders are getting prepared

Like it or hate it, government drones are coming to your block. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a leading organization dedicated to ensuring a secure cloud computing environment is working with Securing Smart Cities, a nonprofit global initiative focused on smart city cybersecurity, to set up drone guidelines. Their report, co-authored by the CSA Internet of Things (IoT) […]