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
This is exactly what happened on this week's show with Mat Ellis (@matellis),
CEO of Cloudability. I had learned about his company while doing some
research for a blog I'd written about emerging Cloud Management vendors and
trends. At first look, I thought Cloudability looked interesting because they
seemed to make cost management for public clouds very simple. I thought we'd
have an interesting conversation about comparing t... (more)
It's been four years since our last economic bubble and eleven since our last
technology bubble, so it's possible that another one is coming soon. Or not.
Your guess is as good as mine. I suppose I could pontificate about why one is
coming (hint: see Instagram @ $1B), but that doesn't help anybody. Instead,
I've decided to create an open plan to take advantage of the existing hype in
the market, across multiple vectors.
So I've decided to write an open letter to Tom Scott, creator of Klouchebag.
Big fan of Klouchebag. Built in just a few hours. Hosted in the Cloud.
Silicon Valley is a strange anomaly in a big world. It's arguably the
center of the technology universe, constantly cranking out new ideas, new
products and new companies. And its residents create billions (or trillions)
of dollars of revenue on the back on that technology. But Silicon Valley also
has this self-belief that it's a romantic place, a modern day Camelot where
the ills and evils of the world can be vanquished by spreading around magic
silicon dust in just the right amounts. It looks to highlight the next 100
year company, which will cement it's place as a foundational... (more)
As I was watching this thread develop, with various comments from people that
live and breathe IT, one thing kept coming to mind. IT people often try and
justify new technology with technology reasoning. It's analogous to answering
a question with another question.
Far too often, because IT has almost always been looked at as a cost-center
and measured for ROI based on cost-reduction or productivity improvements,
technologist feel the need to drive the justification for a new project based
How will it be cheaper than the last project? How will it reduce spending for
At VMworld this year, both in San Francisco and Barcelona, VMware CEO Pat
Gelsinger introduced the concept of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDDC).
This builds on the concept that as more and more of the Data Center becomes
virtualized (servers, desktops), delivering greater cost-savings and agility
to customers, software-defined automation and functionality (network,
security, storage, backup) become the next logical steps to help IT deliver
greater value to the business.
As with any new technology or vision, there are often many questions about
how this will impact the marke... (more)