Posted on June 11, 2010 04:44 PM

Recently I've seen a couple of comments about customers feeling like they don't know how to "approach" Cloud Computing. Jay Fry, VP of Strategy at CA recently remarked that a customer felt like they were behind the curve when it comes to Cloud Computing adoption. (The power of market hype at work.) Scott Sanchez, author of a great blog on Cloud Security called CloudNod recently provided some advice on where to start with Cloud Adoption (take some non-essential intranet images and store them at S3, Rackspace or another cloud storage provider). I think these comments point towards the need for a framework that...

Posted on May 13, 2010 02:01 AM

SAP announced today that they are acquiring Sybase for $5.8 billion.  Forbes' magazine thinks its because SAP needs to get bigger. I disagree. SAP is acquiring Sybase for two reasons, none of which have to do with getting bigger for bigness sake:

  1. SAP has had real issues launching their SaaS efforts. In fact, Oracle's recent agility and determined efforts to deliver next-generation platforms is driving SAP to move quickly. Sybase's database offerings can help transform SAP's architectural offerings to be more "cloud" like. Just like Oracle's...

Posted on May 11, 2010 06:39 PM

I had a great time discussing Cloud Security with Mike Masnick of Floor64 and Sam Quigley of Emerose today during an IT Innovations Webinar. During that talk, I discussed my view that Cloud Computing is really two different markets today: "Cloud Forward" & "Cloud Backwards". As illustrated below, Cloud Forward refers to a market that is composed of new, web-oriented applications and companies that are purpose built to leverage web technologies and Cloud Computing.  Think Web 2.0, Social Networks, Social Gaming, etc... most of these companies were engineered to rely on OPI...

Posted on May 11, 2010 02:45 AM

We've all been to a few conferences now and have heard the same attempts to define Cloud Computing over and over. Pundits, analysts and vendor strategists can barely contain their sanity when it's brought up again. I'm not going to create a new definition, but I did want to help people understand what I call the Cloud Spectrum. The Cloud Spectrum helps people understand how the various flavors of Cloud -- Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) -- fit into the larger Cloud umbrella.

Posted on May 07, 2010 09:41 PM

IBM recently bought Cast Iron Systems to accelerate its Cloud efforts. According to @monkchip's download from WebSphere GM Craig Hayman, IBM was specifically interested in the "specific application integration patterns" nee adaptors ("Cast Iron generates adapters that run on existing integration tools such as WebSphere MQ, or JPA.") as well as Cast Iron's capability to manage API proliferation in the enterprise. As IBM is squarely involved in the heart of enterprise Cloud Computing, this validates the idea that data integration is a key to getting Cloud right. They wouldn't make this move if they weren't encountering the issue in many customers. But data within silo'd within applications has been a...