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“Today’s CIO needs to manage complex IT transformations or major shifts in strategy and explain how those directly benefit the business.” Christine Kincaid – SVP Security Global Strategy, Citigroup. This week leading CIOs from the US have met in Miami to tackle the day-to-day issues...
Ever since I first published here my tentative list of Top Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem - now expanded to a list of 250 and growing daily thanks to community feedback via my Twitter account (@jg21) and a very kind mention by ReadWriteWeb - there have been suggestions that a...
You may have missed it in the flurry of news from Apple, but VMware recently signaeled two trends at their annual get-together, the combination of these two trends however has some distinct consequences, that so far did not get picked up by the media. Let me start with a disclaimer a...
We are in the middle of the biggest computing shift since the Internet uptake in the ’90s: Everything as a Service. The CEO, CFO and CIO now work together to develop a transformation program that encompasses all the major business processes. This includes the role IT plays to distingui...
The past week hosted the increasingly popular VMworld 2010 event at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The title of the conference was “Virtual Roads, Actual Clouds”, but the undercurrent of the show was all about ‘VM stall’ and of course whatever vendor XYZ can do to help you get yo...
How can organizations use enterprise/private cloud capabilities to improve information-sharing? In his session at the 7th International Cloud Expo, Ira A. (Gus) Hunt, CTO to the CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, will discuss how the Intelligence Community has been using enterpri...
As Dell and HP slug it out to capture 3PAR, Cisco may be adopting a quieter acquisition style and attempting - according to TechCrunch anyway - to acquire Skype. Citing someone it refers to only as "one of our more reliable sources," the Silicon Valley-based site claims Cisco has alrea...
Nimbula, the so-called cloud operating system start-up put in train by a couple of the boys credited with creating Amazon’s EC2 service, has gotten a $15 million B round. Accel Partners led the check-signing. Sequoia Capital also pulled out a pen. Sequoia and VMware, oddly enough, stak...
The past few weeks we have been discussing some of the mistakes made in early cloud deployments. This week we are discussing a key mistake that occurs fairly often; one that only manifests long after the solution is operational…blindly assuming that Cloud equals costs savings. Blasphem...
As software developers, our mission is to deliver positive, technology-based solutions – software that provides both the means and the method for working faster, performing better, achieving more. There is little doubt that the technologies we create provide users with the control and ...
The Economic Model for Enterprise IT can be thought of as the Business & IT linkage of demand and supply. In particular, it is the interactive dynamics of consumption of IT resources by the business and the fulfillment behavior of processing by IT. An economic model blueprint for ...
The relevance of Open Source Mentality in software development and applications is reviewed. Applying this mentality to science, technology, agriculture, etc. will speed up development in Africa. Africans and their friends will have to adapt to this type of thinking for growth.
We all know that companies of all sizes are facing tough economic challenges at the moment. These challenges are coming from one of the toughest directions possible: customers are not spending money, making it more important than ever to convert the few available prospects into profita...
With security and legal concerns being slowly addressed by the industry, lock-in and standards are rapidly becoming the biggest concerns regarding cloud computing. If the cloud industry is to make good on its promise, these will need to somehow be addressed. Let’s examine some recent d...
IT vendor lock-in is as old as the IT industry itself. Some may even argue that lock-in is unavoidable when using any IT solution, regardless of whether we use it “on premise” or “as a service”. To determine whether this is the case, we examine traditional lock-in and the to-be-expecte...
In the midst of one of the diciest global economies in generations, with whole countries going bust, Intel has delivered the single best quarter in its 42-year history. The news sparked the tech sector and an erratic Wall Street in general.
In 1943 former IBM president Thomas J. Watson allegedly said: “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers". Will cloud computing prove Watson to be right after all?
The Chinese government has yet to decide whether to renew Google’s Internet Content Providers (ICP) license to operate a web site inside the country. It’s been a week now since the license expired and Google submitted paperwork proposing to scotch the regime’s censorship with an int...
Cloud Computing is the most discussed IT innovation of recent times. This Primer provides a structured overview of what Cloud Computing is and what the potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how Cloud Computing will impact IT management and IT's role in the organizat...
"Technology's just not at a point where you can run a mission-critical application on a public cloud," said SAP's CTO Vishal Sikka in a report that BusinessWeek.com is carrying this morning quoting a "recent interview" with Sikka.
You've heard the phrase "Knowledge is Power". There seems to be a human character trait that says by keeping documents close at hand, preferably within steps of my office chair, I am more powerful. Filing cabinets for individuals, and "working copies" of client files are everywhere in ...
As the delegates arriving in Prague today from all corners of Europe (and USA, Australia) in readiness for Cloud Expo Europe are aware, where cloud computing is concerned the Enterprise IT industry has gone from asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the y...
If you scan the Internet looking for possible benefits of Enterprise 2.0, what you will find can broadly be classified as increasing collective enterprise intelligence, better collaboration among distributed workforce, more effective knowledge management, and building enterprise reputa...
Can you think of an instance where a software project had to completed on schedule and the measure of ROI was of secondary importance? When a piece of software is part of a larger initiative the ROI becomes less important and the fallout of any delay may far outweigh the investment on ...
Microsoft has updated its Windows Azure SDK with support for the new and improved .NET Framework 4, Visual Studio 2010 tools and IntelliTrace bug tracking while its cloud database SQL Azure got spatial data support and 50GB worth of storage. There’s a the public preview out of SQL ...
Judging from the number of cloud events and publications, cloud computing is here today and here to stay. Reality is that 99% of all transactions still happen in traditional systems. Transitioning the old (the cloud evolution) will be just as important as introducing the new (the cloud...
Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoti...
Aha! Can’t believe I managed to avoid the unbelievable hype flood that swept across the interwebs in the last month. And to think that the last post (long overdue, I know… had REALLY good reasons for not being able to post anything) was somewhat oracleish in predicting that...
Things that we should be fixing in security. Related posts:CyberCrime, CyberWarfare, and 2010 Cyber[FUD]Fare – repost from fudsec.com ExcaliburCon summary and general China notes
Where cloud computing is concerned, the Enterprise IT industry has gone from asking 'What?' and 'Why?' to asking 'How?' and 'When?' - making 2010 the year that company after company, organization after organization, and government agency after government agency is moving, or beginning ...
Adaptivity provides integrated solutions that automate IT Delivery optimization across enterprise computing environments. In this exclusive Q&A for Cloud Computing Journal with Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, Tony Bishop – CEO of Adaptivity – discusses Adaptivity’s “IT Tran...
In this Exclusive Q&A with the Founder, President & CEO of Virtual Ark, Marty Gauvin, the visionary serial entrepreneur speaks out on a variety of issues around Cloud computing including the all-important security aspects. "Security in the Cloud isn’t bad, it’s just different," Gauvin ...
The role of IT in the next few years is crucial for any organization seeking to gain strides over the competition. CIOs in Australia recognize 2010 as an opportunity to explore IT best practices, which will not only optimize infrastructure in a cost-effective manner, but create opportu...
Cloud Computing here is defined in a draft bill as constituting "outsourcing online data storage and applications," and is envisioned to represent "a new industrial sector." The Ministry of Economic Affairs, or MOEA , wants an investment of more than $750 million (or $24 billion in ...
Spirent Communications on Tuesday announced a holistic test methodology to validate the performance, availability, security and scalability (PASS) of cloud computing. The Spirent PASS methodology includes both physical and virtual appliances specifically designed to test services and i...
In his presentation, Willoughby discussed how the benefits of cloud computing can deliver new IT functionality to the business quickly and at low initial cost. Additionally, he highlighted how borderless applications present a new challenge to IT departments: managing application perfo...
Competition seems to be a controversial topic for many in IT. We rather see ourselves as service providers, but typically as the only - or at least the preferred - service provider. The reason to start this new column series on 'The impact of cloud computing on IT service management' w...
Enterprise IT must constantly evolve to respond to rapidly changing business requirements and new technologies. Cloud computing promises to accelerate that evolution with far-reaching, convergent principles such as self-service, pay-for-use, rapid deployment, elastic scalability and ef...
HP has rearranged some of the furniture, starting by moving Tom Hogan out of its Software & Solutions business unit and making him executive VP of sales, marketing and strategy in its $54 billion Enterprise Business group. Then it pulled Richard Geraffo out of VMware, where he ran th...