Making Financial Sense of PaaS
As a consultant one of the common artifacts I’m frequently asked for is a
cost estimate for a statement of work. Needless to say being the “cloud
guy” these requests often revolve around estimates for delivery on a public
cloud platform. I’d like say there is a high-degree of science behind these
estimates, but the truth is that without a completed physical and logical
architecture estimates are exactly that, an estimate. Pay for use definitely
introduces an opportunity to get very fine-grained in costing, but it also
requires a much more detailed understanding of the application than was
required to do costing for a standalone equivalent.
Being a huge supporter of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), specifically,
container-based PaaS, such as CloudFoundry and Heroku, I decided to apply my
pricing experience to hacking up an estimat... (more)
Let's face it right now the cloud is pretty immature. The level of automation
and management of these environments are analogous to the early assembly
lines, but it won't be this way long. This is not the industrial revolution
and it moves at a wicked fast pace. Before we know it the next generation of
cloud computing will be upon us and it will be very different than the
IaaS/PaaS/SaaS offerings we know today. For one, it will be intelligent. That
is, the cloud will be content aware and it's network connections will act
like mycelia hyphae and what one hyphae learns will become ... (more)
Over the past few years there has been an emergence of registries due to the
lack of organization of the World Wide Web. These registries provide a
mechanism to centrally organize information in a way that makes it easier for
both people and machines to locate the required sources of information.
However, there is also an alarming new trend taking place now, which is the
proliferation of registries, each with a different set of data structures,
access mechanisms, and expected functionality. At present there are many
parallel registry standards, such as UDDI (Universal Description,... (more)
Sure, now that the deed is done and the board has approved the acquisition,
there’s lots of Monday morning quarterbacks.
However, in this case, I’m not one of them. Indeed, I point to the
release of my 9/1997 report that I wrote for NC.Focus entitled “State of
Java Report: IBM” and the subsequent press release where I assert that IBM
is leading in deploying Java in the Enterprise.
The story goes somewhat like this. On the day I released the report, I
subsequently released the press release through PR Newswire, but it was also
available on the IBM website.
Within hours of po... (more)
One of the leading problems plaguing IT organizations is the high costs of
operations and maintenance. The industry average is roughly 70% with some
organizations going as high as 90%. Picking apart these costs one often finds
a stratified organization focused on narrow bands of computing with little
crossover between the bands.
Moreover, the weighting of political density between layers often makes it
too risky for basic collaboration between the stratified layers. Hence, when
problems arise, each layer attempts to solve the problems only with the tools
at their disposal. The r... (more)