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Earlier this week Yahoo Finance ran an article on the 10 most hated jobs (based on a survey asking hundreds of thousands of employees at a major career site). What amazed me most - apart from the large number of IT jobs, including the top one, making the list – was that I personally ...
When looking at public cloud infrastructure as a service it is fair to say that, with some notable exceptions, most of the larger scale activities, initiatives and even the majority of excitement and buzz around this phenomena so far originated outside of Europe. Understandably, as bot...
This 8th Expo was the third Cloud Expo I was invited to speak at and it definitely was the biggest so far. If CloudExpo West in November signaled the entry of the large mainstream vendors like Oracle, Dell and Microsoft - not to mention several CA divisions - as major sponsors, then th...
In IT we like to use fancy words like architecture, governance and strategy, but is our approach to IT innovations indeed as structured and planned as these terms imply or is IT in many cases just like real life: IT is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans? And if ye...
The ultimate dream of any marketer is to have its brand become a verb. “Let me quickly Xerox that”, “I Fedexed it to you yesterday”, “I just Googled it”. In cloud computing I do not see that happening any time soon. At least I haven’t heard anyone say they Amazoned their intranet or fo...
The Kuppinger Cole European Identity Conference 2011 (EIC), which was held in Munich earlier this month, truly represented a ‘Who's Who' of cloud initiatives and standards. Representatives from many influential, established and aspiring standards and industry bodies were on hand to sh...
Some blogs percolate for a while, waiting for a good day to be put to paper. For this one - about the cost of reliable cloud - that day was April 21, the day a network mishap caused an outage at Amazon Web Services taking down more than 100 customers, many of which cloud providers them...
Let’s start by looking at the supply chain in its simplest imaginable form, even simpler than the supply chain at a manufacturing company. Think of a transport company – like a Federal Express, DHL or TNT – that transports packages from location A to location B. There are processes, pe...
Over the last 18 months, the media, technologists, analysts, CIOs and CEOs have all been talking about the cloud. Now, most organizations are embarking on some form of cloud computing, but as always, technology is the relatively easy part. For those of you wanting to keep your feet fir...
In my last post I covered the concept of fabric computing and why it matters in the world of cloud computing. With a "fabric" approach towards creating a cloud application, we include the virtual compute, storage and network components inside a fully software-based model of the servic...
Cloud computing is gaining rapid acceptance, but not everywhere. Governments across Europe – in what many call “the old countries” - are still remarkably conservative or even reluctant to embrace cloud computing. This week President Obama organized a dinner with the CEO’s of 12 high-...
While the TV and consumer industry is getting ready for its next wave of innovation called 3D, the IT industry has been going through a similar three dimensional transformation. Let’s have a closer look at this 3D journey of IT and how a good cloud strategy should support all three dim...
In every cloud survey, security consistently comes out as an inhibitor to cloud adoption. Even though this has been the case for several years, many feel that it is a temporary barrier which will be resolved once cloud offerings get more secure, mature, certified, and thus accepted. Bu...
As mentioned in a previous post I‘ll use some of my upcoming posts to highlight some cloud computing "megatrends" that I believe are happening - or need to happen – beyond 2011. One of these would be the creation of an “abstraction model” that can be used to think about (and eventually...
In the past weeks we launched directly from the season of cloud events into what SYS-CON calls the Annual Predictions Bonanza. Gartner released its predictions on December 1 leading with "critical infrastructure will be disrupted by online sabotage." At CIO magazine Bernard Golden gav...
With a private cloud strategy and dynamic data center you can quickly respond to rapid business fluctuations. But how do you get there?This post was originaly published as thanksgiving weekend special at 
The McKinsey quarterly just published an interesting and very readable piece on “reshaping IT for turbulent times”. In the article they analyze what seems to be a dichotomy for today’s IT management: How to balance running an efficient IT factory with being a responsive customer focus...
Slowly but steadily the debate in the blogosphere about private clouds is increasing. Now it is always good to see some debate, but is this a debate worth having? Will the cloud long term not be about other things than who owns a machine? Under provocative titles like “Private cloud d...
Last week Jim Murphy of Gartner and I opened up the Cloud ConfEx, an executive conference that ran as a part of the GITEX tradeshow in Dubai. Personally, I had not been in the region for the good part of 10 years, so I was very interested to see how it had developed since. Last time I ...
Just back from Gitex (more about this later) and it is only one week to go to Cloud Expo west, which starts Monday November 1st. I will be speaking in track 4 “Real-World Cloud Computing & Virtualization” on Wednesday at 6:25 PM (the cloud is no 9-5 affair) about How Cloud and Virtuali...
This morning 6000 people streamed into the Bella center in Kopenhavn to see the VMworld opening keynote. I'll cover the new items compared to the event in San Francisco. According to VMware's CMO virtualization is about efficiency (utilization), reliability but foremost about Agility. ...
Many hypes in IT are just the same old idea, launched again, but with better technology and under a new name. We could say for the datacenter: “The Data Centre is dead, long live the Virtual Data Centre”. The danger of this approach is that we treat it just like a new type of infrastru...
Predicting the future is a lot more fun than analyzing the past. And there have been plenty of predictions recently, but as Mel Brooks might say “A funny thing happened on the way to the future; it changed from what we expected.”
It seems like every week another sizing of the cloud market is published, and – maybe as to be expected - none of them seem to agree. Let’s have a look at who is saying what, and whether we are comparing apples to apples, or apples and oranges.
In the first part we discussed lessons that IT can learn from a hundred years of manufacturing best practices and the possible role of cloud computing in that endeavor. We now continue with what may very well be the area that IT can learn most from manufacturing: Costing. Costing. M...
We have been running the Cloud Academy roundtables in several European countries. I’d like to share some of the more interesting questions, debates and insights around a number of topics, starting today with RAIC—Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Cloud. Today’s post discusses whether ...
We have been running the Cloud Academy roundtables in several European countries. I’d like to share some of the more interesting questions, debates and insights around a number of topics, starting today with RAIC—Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Cloud Services. Today’s post discusses w...
More and more people are realizing that Cloud Computing may be a hype, but for sure it is not an invention.  The components that make up or enable the cloud are not new. We have had fairly broad networks for 10 years, have used