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Mind the Gap - Consumerization of Innovation

The landscape of IT innovation is changing. “Back in the day” (said in my gravelly old-man voice from my Barcalounger wearing my Netware red t-shirt) companies who were developing new technology...

Start Cloud Journey with People, Processes, and Technology

Many companies struggle with where to start on their journey to the Cloud. In fact, many we interviewed for Visible Ops Private Cloud and Client4Cloud struggled with trying to figure out the best...

Optimize Your Infrastructure - From Hand-built to Mass-production

If you’ve been reading this blog , you’ll know that I write a lot about cloud and cloud technologies, specifically around optimizing IT infrastructures and transitioning them from traditional...

Secure Remote Access for Businesses with Limited IT Staff and Budgets

With some of the recent breaches of restaurant chains, I’ve got to think that many of them were related to poor remote access practices. I say this because in all of my years of consulting, I have...

Vertical Health Clouds - Has Their Time (Really) Come?

There’s long been predictions of vertical clouds, or cloud services optimized for certain verticals, such as health care, media, government, retail - you get the idea.  So when I noticed the...

The Cloud is Dead, Long Live the Cloud - Twitter Chat Recap

Last week, Cloud Commons hosted a Twitter Chat on the end of Cloud Computing. If you’re not familiar with a tweetchat, they are discussions hosted on Twitter where people can join at a specific...

Survey Says - We are More Comfortable with Cloud, Yet Same Worries Persist

  A survey released just prior the 2012 GigaOM Structure Conference had a number of interesting results about cloud services adoption. It seems organizations are concerned about...

The Cloud is Dead - Long Live the Cloud

The end of cloud is nigh! Hold on, cloud provisioner, don’t start looking for the spray paint and cardboard just yet. The end of cloud that I’m referring to pertains to the cloud’s ubiquity and...

The Private Cloud Strikes Back

Having read JP Rangaswami’s argument against private clouds (and the obvious promoting of his version of cloud) I have only to say that he’s looking for oranges in an apple tree.  His entire...

There’s A Cloud Security Disaster Coming To A Company Near You

Hopefully it won’t be your organization, but if a recently released survey from InformationWeek is any indication at all, then many companies are heading for stormy times as more implement cloud. ...

Where Is the Cloud Going? Try Thinking “Minority Report”

I read a news release ( here ) recently where NVidia is proposing to partition processing between on-device and cloud-located graphics hardware…here’s an excerpt: “Kepler cloud GPU...

Bridging the DevOps Divide by Automating the Handshake between Dev and Ops

As the cloud becomes the more prevalent and preferred architecture – having a succinct, automated process between Development (Dev) and Operations (Ops)— DevOps —will be a critical success factor...

The impact of adopting public cloud services for IT

As more and more companies start using public cloud services, IT departments are concerned about the consequences for the company and for themselves. For a variety of reasons, e.g.: Is IT becoming...

Pragmatic Cloud - Have You Hugged a Rogue Today?

Embrace, Align, Assist, and Leverage Rogues... or Lose Them Forever   Recently I participated as a panelist in a "#CloudViews" Twitter chat regarding Rogue IT. (A full transcript...

Don’t forget compliance when having the public and private cloud security debate

  It seems barely a day goes by without another post that attempts to tackle the cloud security debate, and whether public cloud is more secure than what organizations can do with their...

The Ubiquity of Cloud Part I

Are you a "Cloud Expert"? Not for long. My father once told me that by the time I'm 45, I need to be an expert at "something." Well, I'm almost there. I'm good with Legos. I've spend a lot...

Security as a Market Differentiator for Cloud Services Providers

Putting into place and communicating a solid security foundation is an opportunity to set one’s cloud services apart.   Ask most organizations why they won’t outsource their most...

How Cool is the Cloud?

Seven years ago we set out to build a technology that would solve the immense problems faced by business in adoption of technology. If you are not familiar with those problems, you need to familiarize...

Going Rogue - Do the Advantages Outweigh the Risks?

Are all rogue IT projects bad things? Could this type of activity be beneficial? If rogue IT projects could be beneficial, should they be supported or even encouraged?   Recently,...

PaaS - crossing the chasm but not as expected

Many of us have spent years explaining to customers why our various versions of Platform as a Service (PaaS) are their best alternative for customization and deployment of business software...