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Before flying off to San Francisco last week, I made some notes about what I was looking forward to hearing at VMworld 2013. It has been a year since Pat Gelsinger took over as CEO, and having worked (indirectly) under him during my days at EMC, I knew that he had outstanding experience at driving change from within and building strong engineering foundations. The big announcements coming out of VMworld 2013 were vCloud Hybrid Services (vCHS), NXS Network Virtualization Platform, and enhancements to vSphere 5.5 including the GA of VSAN (storage) functionality. Many people saw these announcements and focused their initial analysis on how VMware was creating new competition with the likes of Amazon AWS (cloud), Cisco (networking) or the entire external storage industry (EMC/NetApp/HP/Dell/Nutanix/Simplivity/Tintri/etc.). I saw things somewhat differently, thanks to a gr... (more)

Has Your Data Center Been Measured for Cloud Yet?

A few weeks back I wrote a post asking, How you planned to measure your Cloud Computing strategy? In that post I was trying to help people understand that while cost-savings or cost-comparisons (between Cloud services) are somewhat helpful in making an ROI business-case, it may not be looking at the right way to truly measure the value of Cloud Computing, which is really about speed, agility and innovation for the business. ...and then an interesting thing happened over the last couple of weeks as I spoke at a couple industry conferences and started asking IT operations people ho... (more)

Cloud Definitions - More Useless than Statistics?

Given that we all use various elements of Cloud Computing every day, I know they can't be classified as Lies, damned lies and statistics... ...but several years into this latest phase of computing, it seems we can't go more than a few weeks without someone trying to create a new definition for Cloud Computing (here, here and here).  Everybody spinning a new cloud definition to help establish themselves as the leader in this transition, according to their own model. Do I blame companies, consultants, standards-bodies and media for trying to establish themselves as a thought leader a... (more)

Cloud Computing for Business Managers

As a follow-up to the previous series of Cloud Computing whiteboard videos, primarily focused on the technology aspects, we decided to create some videos that speak to business managers. The topics include: The Evolution of Consumer Behavior (tablets, smartphones, social media, apps) IT is the New Marketing Engine Shadow IT - Building an IT overlay team Open Up Your Business Knowledge to the World (APIs, Open Data) Uncovering New Markets from Digital Noise (Big Data) Expensing Your IT Budget on a Credit Card? (OPEX vs. CAPEX) Build a Fence, Build a Team, Build a Community (Evolv... (more)

The Changing Roles of CTO, CSO, CFO and Consultants with Public Cloud

One of the most fun aspects of hosting The Cloudcast (.net) podcast is that we take a completely vendor-neutral and technology-neutral stance on what we discuss and who we invite onto the show. Lots of learning and lots of great discussions. And occasionally we ask a few questions and find some interesting needles in the haystack that we didn't expect. [APIs, data analytics and the business models they enable are top of mind for me these days] This is exactly what happened on this week's show with Mat Ellis (@matellis), CEO of Cloudability. I had learned about his company while ... (more)