Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to
discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between
cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are
accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that only
now beginning to be felt. Hardware and software vendors are starting to show
signs of wear on their revenue streams due to cloud. Eventually, that wave
will begin to impact the ecosystems that includes Value-Added Resellers and
professional services firms that implement the products for those vendors.
Sometime between these two points another wave of disruption will begin to
take hold; the move to multi-vendor solutions.
Multi-vendor solutions have been in place for some time, but typically as an
additive effect versus subtractive. For example, a large enterprise will
contract ... (more)
North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future
of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124
slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is
coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like this is very
important because it provides tangible proof for our anecdotal hypotheses.
That said, the report does not extrapolate what is the most interesting facet
of SaaS hyper growth—59% in three years—the model for commoditization of
business function is market validated.
Like all things that... (more)
Sometimes you just need to stop and contemplate Larry Ellison’s comment
about the computer industry in general and cloud computing specifically.
“The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven
than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone
is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When
is this idiocy going to stop? ―Larry Ellison
Cloud computing and DevOps are certainly taking the world by storm with
promises of transforming the way that business will access and use
technology. Cloud computing represents ... (more)
On May 13th, Rachel Shannon-Solomon wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street
Journal’s CIO Journal section entitled “DevOps Is Great for Startups, but
for Enterprises It Won’t Work-Yet.” In this piece, Ms. Shannon-Solomon
implies that DevOps—a loosely-defined IT initiative oriented toward
creating higher quality and more resilient systems—currently faces too many
hurdles to see broad-spectrum adoption. Unfortunately, this assertion is
incorrect and based on some rudimentary mistakes individuals make about what
defines DevOps and what is required to be successful with DevOps adop... (more)
There's been a lot of discussion on the Internet about the definition of
Platform-as-a-Service. Here's just a few very active Twitter discussions to
illustrate the level of activity and passion over the topic:
This is just a few of the hundreds of tweets returned when I queried "Paas"
and "definition". The interesting thing is that the sheer breadth of the
discussion makes it very difficult to nail down exactly what it is.
Gartner Group's method of responding to the madness was to develop their own
taxonomy of PaaS, which seems to have been very helpful for them in
organizing ... (more)