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Cloud Hosting Journal NaviSite is doing what many hosting companies are doing these days: getting into cloud computing. And they are getting plenty of attention in the process. At Mezeo, we are proud that NaviSite is using the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform software as part of its effort to build out cloud computing services. In the six months since our launch, we have seen rapid adoption of our platform in the service provider market across three continents. Our success is validating our strategy that there is a significant margin opportunity in cloud storage, and that service providers will want to provide their own storage services. The platform is designed for deployment within a service provider's own environment and reduces that all important "time to value." Read more on this subject at Cloud Storage Strategy blog. ... (more)

Cloud Storage: The Profit Model for Cloud Computing

While much of the collective discussion has focused on cloud computing and trying to define it, Cloud Storage has not so quietly gone from concept to tangible business with real revenue. Here’s my presentation from Cloud Slam ‘09. See my blog post on the subject here. ... (more)

Cloud Storage and The Innovator's Dilemma

Too many think of cloud storage as just another or the next type of storage.  As usual with this view, it is associated with a view that the "next" storage type is bigger, faster and cheaper.  Because each generation of storage is always bigger, faster and cheaper.  As such, proponents of this view generally believe that access via traditional approaches, like WebDAV, NFS, cifs and others, is a critical capability.  Some may even argue that Web Services APIs are not the critical differentiation of Cloud Storage.  We disagree. Cloud storage is a radical change.  It enables new app... (more)

This Magic Moment

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 industry. 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)

Cloud Storage: A Business Model Toolkit for Service Providers

We have built a free Cloud Storage Toolkit for Service Providers to help them answer the question: "Should we enter the Cloud Storage marketspace?" The toolkit includes a tutorial and a spreadsheet - both of which are accessible immediately when you sign up for our Cloud Storage Strategy newsletter. [15-page tutorial] THE TUTORIAL is a 15 page document which shows you how to use the Cloud Storage: A Business Model for Service Providers spreadsheet. It explains each of the 15 variables which make up the model, step-by-step. [15-variable spreadsheet model] THE SPREADSHEET is a custo... (more)