Gartner shows us a world of public cloud haves — and have-nots

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Some people — and I’m one of them — are cynical about the value of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants. But, sometimes they hit the nail on the head. And, they do just that in their most recent analysis of the Infrastrcuture-as-a-Service (IaaS) public cloud. In this analysis, we see one ruler: Amazon Web Services (AWS). Oh, Microsoft, […]

Two areas that need closer consideration in enterprise cloud

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There are many postings on the risks and challenges for Cloud migration. One recent article, posted by Glen Robinson (@GlenPRobinson) had an excellent summary of the key risks and challenges to a broader migration to the cloud. In his paper he cites security, resilience, reputation and regulatory as key considerations, followed by financial, licensing and […]

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 […]

2017 will be a cloud buyer’s market as providers simplify and add capabilities

In 2016, four clear leaders emerged in the cloud provider market, and in 2017 we can expect these leaders to innovate and differentiate through simplicity, automation, analytics and cognitive computing. Without question, the clear leaders in enterprise cloud at the end of 2016 were Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google. In terms of […]

The 5 biggest cloud developments to watch in 2017

It’s going to be another big year for the cloud in 2017. Let me count the ways. 1) Clouds will grow and grow. Forrester Research forecasts that public cloud spending will rise 29% this year to $146 billion, up from $114 billion in in 2016. That’s real money, and it doesn’t even take private clouds into […]

Red Hat’s cloud triple play

Yes, Red Hat is The Linux Company. But, what it wants to become is The Business Cloud Company. Don’t believe me? Just consider the news of the last few weeks. First, the Linux giant released Red Hat OpenStack Platform (RHOP) 10. This long-term support release is built on top of OpenStack Newton. This is the […]

Start the new year by optimizing EC2 costs

Fresh off the holidays, many are looking to reclaim order and predictability in their lives. Yes, the year-end marathon of celebratory office lunches and staff vacations can leave one in a fog yearning to return to daily structure and certainty.  Reflecting on the holiday season can give one pause to ask: “Did all of those […]

OpenStack’s wins and losses

The good news is that OpenStack is doing really well on private clouds and telecoms. On the public cloud, however, it’s a different story. First, the good stuff. According to a Forrester Research report titled, OpenStack’s Global Traction Expands For Its Newton Release, OpenStack has “grown into a de facto standard platform for the private […]

Hazards that slow the journey to public cloud

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The journey to public cloud consumption, especially to AWS, now follows a well-travelled road, and most forward-thinking organisations recognise the benefits that can be achieved by embracing what the public cloud offers. Perks span from moving IT infrastructure spend from a capital expense to operational expense to setting up server-less infrastructure estates, as well as […]

Adopting a cloud operating model: Difficult decisions ahead

When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications & Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, which tells us a […]