Sun + IBM = Open Clouds Ahead

Coming on the heels of the Cisco-BMC announcement, the news of an IBM/Sun merger and the simultaneous announcement of Sun’s Open Cloud Platform are not mutually exclusive events. They’re all part of the ongoing race to capture the Enterprise Cloud. The elephants are dancing. The announcement continues the pattern of rapid marketplace adoption of Cloud … Read more

Nicholas Carr: IT vs. The Cloud

Here’s an interesting interview with our friend Nick Carr in which he once again highlights important long-term strategic issues for enterprise IT. I’ve pulled out some of his quotes for quick review: – “..there is a basic conflict of interest that IT departments face as they think about the cloud, and that’s true, of course, … Read more

Definition: Cloud Storage

Back in May of 2006, Amazon, introduced Simple Storage Service (S3) as file storage for their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) computing environment. Despite some short-comings, the pricing flexibility and the web-scalability offered by S3 made it an instant hit with the software development community. For the first time, a large pool of storage was available … Read more

Bechtel Harnesses the Cloud: Case Study of an Enterprise Cloud

Bechtel is a great example of the “enterprise cloud” version of Cloud Computing – building its own enterprise cloud rather than using a cloud computing service provider. With projects in 50 countries around the world, and teams collaborating around the clock, Bechtel’s challenge is to operate a seamless Project Service Network (PSN) authorizing employees, contractors, … Read more

What is Cloud Computing?

Sure there’s plenty of room for discussion on the specifics, but the business benefits of Cloud Computing will make it an inevitable part of your future. Bechtel is a great example of the “enterprise cloud” version of Cloud Computing – building its own enterprise cloud rather than using a cloud computing service provider. With projects … Read more

Taming the Cloud: Cisco & BMC Software?

The recent strategic partnership between Cisco Systems and BMC Software has led to a lot of speculation. Here is my take on why this partnership makes sense from a technology and business perspective: Any time someone serious about service delivery offers up their objections to the potential success of cloud computing, it goes something like … Read more

Trusting the Cloud: The F.T.C. and Google

The trust issue will not go away. In a bit of a publicity stunt, the Electronic Privacy Information Center asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google’s Cloud Computing Services, specifically concerning: a. the adequacy of Google’s privacy and security safeguards regarding storage of personal information on its Cloud Computing Services; and b. the sufficiency … Read more