OpenStack moves forward


In Sydney Australia, the OpenStack cloud crew gathered together at the OpenStack Summit to contemplate where they are today and where they’re going tomorrow. First, OpenStack has continued to grow. Specifically, multiple surveys show that more and more companies are adopting OpenStack for their private and hybrid clouds. Specifically: The OpenStack User Survey showed that […]

Easy OpenStack updates: Mirantis DriveTrain

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OpenStack is a great, open-source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud, but it has one big problem. It’s not easy to upgrade from one version to another. That’s where Mirantis DriveTrain comes in. Mirantis is a cloud company which specializes in OpenStack, and DriveTrain is its lifecycle management system for incremental technology updates. Instead of […]

Microsoft: The Windows cloud business


Still think of Microsoft as the Windows company? Think again. In Microsoft’s latest quarter, it was the cloud, not Windows, that drove revenue to $25 billion in non-GAAP revenue in the quarter, over the expected $24 billion and up 10% year-over-year from $23 billion. Not bad. Not bad at all. “Innovation across our cloud platforms drove […]

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, […]

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 […]

On servers, serendipity and Superman

There is a fantastic line in the 1978 film Superman, penned by Mario Puzo of Godfather fame and delivered flawlessly by the actor Gene Hackman as the perfect nemesis, Lex Luthor: “Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum […]

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 […]

Now’s the time for the C-Suite to take joint responsibility for application platform decisions

Here’s a novel, but controversial statement, “it’s time for the CEO, COO, CIO to start to take joint responsibility for application platform decisions.” For too many years now technical meritocracy has led the decision-making for the business with regard to platform selection. This includes, but is not limited to, servers, operating systems, virtualization, cloud and […]

5 cloud deployment blunders to avoid

I’ve been consulting on cloud migrations and deployments for a while now. Along the way, I’ve seen lots of mistakes made. Mea culpa: I’ve made some of them myself. Don’t be like me, or a lot of companies. Avoid these five blunders and you’ll be much better off. 1 Hurry up and fail. Do not, I […]

What’s ahead for the Infrastructure as a Service market?

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the most mature of all the cloud pillars and is offered by many providers. With IaaS, providers rent out computer hardware — servers, network technology, storage and data center space — so that organizations don’t have to buy it and install it in their own data centers. Customers can provision […]