IaaS Cloud Litmus Test – The 5 Minute VM

I will make this simple.  There is only one question you need to ask yourself or your IT department to determine if what you have is really an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud. Can I get a VM in 5-10 minutes? Perhaps a little bit more detailed? Can a properly credentialed user, with a legitimate need for cloud... Continue Reading →

Putting Clouds in Perspective – Cloud Redefined

You'd think as we head into the waning months of 2011 that there'd be little left to discuss regarding the definition of cloud IT.  Well, not quite yet. Having spent a lot of time with clients working on their cloud strategies and planning, I've come to learn that the definition of cloud IT is fundamentally... Continue Reading →

SeaMicro: Atom and the Ants

I predict that significantly more than half of new data center compute capacity deployed in 2016 and beyond will be based on Atoms, ARMs and other ultra-low-power processors. These mighty mites will change much about how application architectures will evolve too. Lastly, I seriously believe that the small, low-power server model will eliminate the use of virtualization in a majority of public cloud capacity by 2018. The impact in the enterprise will be initially less significant, and will take longer to play out, but in the end it will be the same result. So, let’s take a look at this in more detail to see if you agree.

The End of Over-Provisioning

One part of the debate on cloudonomics that often gets overlooked is the effect of over-provisioning. Many people look at the numbers and say they can run a server for less money than they can buy the same capacity in the cloud. And, assuming that you optimize the utilization of that server, that may be... Continue Reading →

Market Parallels – Cloud and Open Source?

Any new technology market has its own lifecycle and rhythm.  From mainframes, through smartphones, there's the early years, the rapid growth, some slowing down and inevitably a decline.  Some technologies never go away completely (e.g. mainframes), while others never really get a foothold (insert your own example here). Open source was a software movement that... Continue Reading →

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