Welcome to our enterprise cloud computing blog where we'll share our
perspectives on cloud computing trends and best practices for the enterprise.
We're a team with extensive experience in IT software and systems (learn more
about us), and we're passionate about the opportunity that cloud computing
offers for fundamentally improving enterprise IT.
However, we believe that before the cloud can reach its potential, some
innovation needs to take place within the enterprise data center to make
cloud computing simple, secure and tightly integrated with existing IT
infrastructure. Our mission is to do just that. We tend to see the world from
the data center out, unlike much of the innovation around cloud computing to
date, which has focused on the cloud as a separate and silo'd environment.
Enterprise Cloud Computing Hurdles
We share the view held by many that the cloud will... (more)
Cloud Expo New York
As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday
parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.
This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early
December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed
their Windows pricing for cloud servers.
Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had
to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the
version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather
un-cloudlike, where we want ... (more)
Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer
The talk at the 4th Cloud Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about
enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so,
who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are
To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of its own somewhat
out-of-control hype cycle. Since so much has been written and discussed about
the cloud in 2009, there is now a growing impatience for actual results. The
fact that 2000 people showed up at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week
(double the number from las... (more)
5th International Cloud Expo New York
Last week's post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to
move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to
business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news
for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployments no longer
need to be custom projects and applications no longer have to be tightly
coupled to a particular cloud.
To follow up, there's been lots of discussion recently about the concept of
the "Intercloud," a direction for cloud computing that is closely rel... (more)
As IT organizations move forward with their virtualization initiatives,
consolidating operations and shrinking provisioning times, the cloud has come
along as an even more compelling option. In the cloud, companies can build
capacity on-demand without having to own or manage the computing
infrastructure. As companies review their application portfolios, they’ve
started to realize that many of their not-yet-virtualized apps could easily
be run in the cloud. In particular, applications that are characterized by
spikey, cyclical, or seasonal usage could benefit the most from the clo... (more)