Cloud Strategy

HP shakes up cloud execs

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Last week was a busy one for HP, and specifically its cloud. Multiple media outlets reported that the company’s cloud chief – Marten Mickos – will no longer lead cloud efforts at HP. Mickos will stay on, but the company has three new executives heading up its Helion cloud platform.

Mickos came over to HP with the acquisition of Eucalyptus, an open source private cloud platform that has high fidelity with Amazon Web Services APIs. According to an internal memo cited by multiple media outlets, Mickos stepped down and will instead focus on what he says is his passion: “Identifying disruptive companies that transform the technology landscape."...

Red Hat jabs at VMware's "one cloud" strategy calling it "flawed"

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Red Hat cloud strategy general manager Bryan Che is out with a blog post today that takes some harsh shots at rival VMware. For background, VMware this week announced a new “one cloud, any app, any device” strategy. Read more about that here and check out our conversation with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger here. Here’s Red Hat’s take on that news. Surprise, surprise they think they can do better:

“VMware’s vision for One Cloud and OpenStack sounds appealing--one unified cloud for running both cloud-native and traditional applications--but it is fundamentally flawed in implementation because these two classes of workloads have quite different requirements for infrastructure. And, by attempting to mash these two worlds together, all One Cloud provides is one limited cloud that is not optimized to run any workload.” Read the whole critique here...

Three Key Bets for Making Money in the Cloud

Grazed from MSPMentor. Author: Editorial Staff.

Throughout the channel, it is obvious that the cloud is not only a great way to expand your business model but also to enhance the customer IT experience and drive incremental revenues. The opportunity is substantial. Gartner has predicted that the public cloud services market will exceed $244 billion by 2017. That’s only two years away.

This reality check has provided many of us--from ISVs, distributors, MSPs and VARs--to realign our business models and get a bigger piece of the proverbial pie. Is Infrastructure as a service or hybrid cloud the solution? Or, should DaaS or DBaaS be at the top of our list of initiatives?...

Do You Have All the Right Pieces for a Cloud Strategy?

Grazed from Avanade.  Author: Scott Lewis.

Ah, the cloud. Everyone is doing it. Everyone is talking about it. While writing this blog post, I decided to Google the number of recent news articles on cloud strategy within the last 24 hours. Want to read all the articles? Hope you have nothing else on your schedule today or recently completed a speed reading course because a quick count revealed approximately 250 articles.

According to the 5th Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study released in November 2014 by CompTIA, more than 90% of companies have adopted cloud computing at some level. But the study also reveals that moving applications, infrastructure and other resources are not so easy to implement. In addition, 28% of companies in the early stages of cloud conversion indicated that it required “significant” effort, while this jumps to 63% for companies who have already completed their journey...

More Than Half of Enterprises Have Cloud-Based Analytics Strategy

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Chris Talbot.

An end-user research study conducted by Enterprise Management Associates(EMA) uncovered data that shows more than half of enterprises consider cloud-based analytics important to their businesses.

The firm's report,"Analytics in the Cloud", found that 32 percent of respondents indicated they had adopted cloud-based strategies for analytics — and that those strategies were considered important to their business. An additional 24 percent of respondents said they had adopted cloud-based analytics strategies that were essential to their businesses...

Cloud Computing: Google’s Three Part Enterprise Strategy

Grazed from  Author: Danielle Cunningham.

Google Inc. has put forth its strategy for the New Year as the company feels that outdated action plans should be a things of the past.  Here is a brief of what the company is up to now:

Cultural Context

Google Inc.’s business forte is its search engine and advertising platform, which drives it forward. The idea behind this massive tool seems quite radical as it has targeted each nation in the world and has gone on to become a global platform to generate searches. Google Inc.’s strength lies in its innovation. The company has always encouraged the employees to be innovative and creative in their ideas...

The Open Hybrid Cloud Catalyst in 2015

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: David Deans.

Chief executives have approved digital technology budgets and updated strategic plans, now the Line of Business leaders and their IT counterparts must address the tactical execution for 2015 and beyond.  In hindsight, 2014 was a pivotal year for cloud service platform adoption. Regardless, the trend will accelerate next year. International Data Corporation (IDC) has shared their 2015 predictions about the global cloud computing platforms market, based upon their latest outlook.

These predictions are intended to help senior executives and IT leaders capitalize on the most profound emerging market opportunities and plan for their future growth.  “Digitization and transformation to virtualized, on-demand services are driving very rapid internal IT change. All business technology buyers are now shifting steadily toward cloud-first strategies,” said Robert Mahowald, vice president at IDC...

Cloud Computing: Six Tech Trends That Will Define 2015

Grazed from Baseline. Author: Samuel Greengard.

In recent years, the pace of digital change has been breathtaking. New tools, technologies and approaches have entered the enterprise, and the intersection of these factors has introduced new and more complex challenges—along with remarkable opportunities. As the calendar flips over to 2015, here are six trends that will shape business and IT in the coming year.

The Internet of things moves into the mainstream.

Hype notwithstanding, it's becoming increasingly clear that the Internet of things (IoT) and connected devices represent enormous potential for enterprises that learn to use these systems effectively. They represent a goldmine of data for business, along with new conveniences and efficiencies for both the enterprise and consumers...

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Dell declares cloud 'overhyped' and reinforces need for hybrid approach

Grazed from Author: Roland Moore-Colyer.

Moving entire IT infrastructures into the cloud is an unrealistic goal, and businesses need to take a hybrid approach instead, according to Dell's cloud strategy leader. Gordon Davey (pictured) said in an interview with V3 that cloud computing is "overhyped", and that cloud vendors have enticed companies to make major shifts to the cloud without considering a model that works for their business.

"I think it's definitely a case of cloud as a buzzword is overhyped. The idea of cloud for the sake of cloud doesn't really stand out," he said. "The problem comes from customers that have seen the buzzword and want to get the benefits and are just jumping on the bandwagon because it is an industry hype thing, rather than actually evaluating the benefits that a true cloud can bring, and applying that to their business requirements."...

5 Steps To A Successful Cloud Strategy

Grazed from BusinessWeek.  Author: Colin McCabe.

The cloud has been the subject of much hype recently, and with good reason. There are significant benefits of moving to the cloud, including shorter application deployment times and plummeting costs. These measurable benefits make it tempting for businesses to run towards the cloud. Right now the most challenging, important and strategic decision that CIOs face is how to build the right cloud for their business.

CIOs that make the right choices can significantly improve their organisation’s competitiveness, flexibility and IT economics for the next decade or more. Fearing security risks and being locked in to unsuitable arrangements, many CIOs are reluctant to let go of the traditional model of capital expenditure, hardware budgets and data centres...