Game Changer: Why Cloud Storage is a Disruptive Innovation

For some time now, we have been making the case that Cloud Storage is a disruptive innovation, a game changer in its category. By stating this, we are of course employing Clayton Christensen’s now famous theories on disruptive innovation (refer to his books: The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, and Seeing What’s Next) His theory … Read more

Let’s Think Practically: Cloud Storage Change will be both Disruptive and Evolutionary

The current issue of InfoStor contains an article by Jeff Boles, “Use Cases Make the Case for Cloud Storage,” in which he provides some key examples illustrating why we at believe certain key principles will shape the future of the cloud storage industry and cloud computing more generally. Specifically, the article highlights three things: … Read more

Microsoft: Losing Margins to the Cloud?

A recent SmartMoney article tells us that Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, is concerned that cloud services could undermine the company’s margins over the long term: “The margins on (online) services aren’t what the margins on software are… It will increase our profits, it will increase our revenue, but you won’t have the margin.” … Read more

Navisite: Fast Track to Cloud Storage

From Tier1 Research: NaviSite, a provider of managed hosting services to the enterprise and SMB market, is doing what many hosting companies are doing these days: getting into cloud computing. NaviSite is using Mezeo Software’s Cloud Storage Platform software as part of its effort to build out cloud computing services. Dan Golding, Vice President and … Read more

Price Performance in the Cloud: The Planet Cloud Storage Performance White Paper Whets the Appetite, but Fails to Satisfy

Recently, The Planet published a white paper comparing Cloud Storage performance as offered by The Planet (which uses Nirvanix), Amazon S3 and Rackspace CloudFiles. It did a nice job of creating a performance-oriented benchmark, comparing Cloud Storage file upload and download time for the three services. While it is necessary to understand this factor associated … Read more