A recent SmartMoney article tells us that Microsoft's chief software
architect is concerned that cloud services could undermine the company's
margins over the long term. He also said that there was probably room only
for a few players in the cloud.
We beg to differ. IT Service Providers already have the core competencies
required to deliver on the promise of cloud computing. And profit margins
are present in cloud storage. In the recent meetings on Cloud Storage at the
SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Work Group, one of the specific topics was cloud
interoperability, a discussion that assumes multiple clouds by multiple
Read more on this subject on my blog.
Many Cloud Computing pundits have predicted that the early adopters will be
largely comprised of small and mid-sized businesses.
Some new data from Forrester suggests that won't be the case.
According to Forrester's Frank E. Gillett in Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong
About Cloud IaaS, one out of four large companies plan to use an external
provider soon, or have already employed one. Furthermore, we learn that 33
per cent of large companies plan to use a service provider for
Infrastructure-as-a-Service, while just 24 per cent want to run their own
The question is ... (more)
Articles and blog posts associated with security and cloud computing are a
daily occurrence, unless some well-publicized breach occurs in the cloud.
At that point the number of commentaries and discussions will increase
exponentially, and then, over the following week, return to normal
I decided to focus on security as it relates to cloud storage, to see if
something really new and different is occurring, and if overall changes need
to be contemplated, as it comes to classic data security activities. When I
focused in this way, I quickly discovered that not much ha... (more)
Gray Hall offers his insights about the critically important question we’re
asking: how will cloud computing disrupt your business model? We start by
defining a basic yet useful framework for understanding business models; this
framework applies to businesses of all types and is adapted from Wikipedia .
We’ll look at causes and types of disruption, keeping in mind that
disruption can produce both positive and negative change. We’ll also tell
you where the money is - i.e., the areas which offer the most promise in
terms of business opportunity and profit.
In his introductory post... (more)
This November, I am presenting at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing
Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, CA. I welcome any opportunity to speak
about my favorite subject: cloud storage, and how the cloud storage segment
is providing a viable roadmap for how to create a profitable cloud computing
One year ago, the Mezeo Software team was finalizing plans to emerge from
stealth mode. Since that time, the cloud storage market has undergone some
significant changes and advancements. We may not have crossed Moore’s
proverbial chasm just yet, but the energy in the spac... (more)