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In a recent interview, Sajai Krishnan, CEO of Parascale made some interesting observations about the needs of the cloud storage marketplace and how the offerings from Parascale met them. Krishnan gives us his perspective of the cloud storage market and current opportunities in that space, primarily helping service providers build their own cloud storage offering to retain customers who might otherwise look to Amazon S3. We welcome competition in this space. While we agree with his assessment of the market, there are four claims that deserve a fact check: CLAIM #1: “.. in terms of a cloud storage software solution, “pretty much” we are the only game in town” CLAIM #2: “…yes we do S3-type or REST protocols…” CLAIM #3: Krishnan claims his focus is on service providers CLAIM #4: Krishnan states that hosting providers will have to deploy cloud storage solutions to take on... (more)

Forrester: Surprise! The Enterprise is Ready for Cloud Computing

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 "private" clouds. The question is ... (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)

Mezeo Software Launches Cloud Newsletter and New Business Model Toolkit

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Mezeo Software launched the Cloud Storage Strategy monthly newsletter. Sponsored by Mezeo, the Cloud Storage Strategy newsletter and blog focus on Cloud Storage insights and observations from industry thought leaders. The Business Model Toolkit helps Service Providers assess the benefits and costs of entering the Cloud Storage Market. The Model uses inputs to present a sample business model and calculate potential return on investment from offering a Cloud Storage service. Steve Lesem, CEO of Mezeo Software, explains that his ultimate goal for the new... (more)

An Introduction to Cloud Computing and Business Model Disruption

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)