The public cloud has been promoted as a low cost alternative to physical data
center infrastructure, mostly to small and medium-sized businesses. That has
driven the creation of a robust category of cloud migration services which
has emerged as these smaller businesses have made considerable investments in
moving their apps from colocation and data center environments into public
Enterprises, however, have been notably slower to invest in public cloud and
cloud migration, at least in proportion to their overall IT budgets. There
are many reasons for the slower enterprise adoption of public loud (IaaS) and
they have been discussed extensively. I think what is missing is a more
robust discussion of the next killer apps for the cloud; the enterprise game
I think the new cloud killer apps for enterprises will leverage
cloud-integrated data cente... (more)
I recently posted about the Dizzying Economics of Cloud Computing when it
occurred to me that the technological barriers must be equally mystifying for
many. So I thought I would initiate a discussion about the barriers to the
adoption of cloud computing by the enterprise.
At stake are the valuations of a gathering storm of public companies in
technology, from Cisco, Juniper, F5 Networks, VMware, IBM, VMware, Microsoft
and Citrix to advertising player Google and bookseller Amazon. The shape of
adoption and growth will be impacted by how these barriers are addressed.
As I mentione... (more)
I moderated a Cisco panel last week at Cisco Live! and it was readily
apparent that enterprise cloud still required plenty of work from vendors and
enterprise IT. No one was ready to endorse either a centralized or
decentralized architecture (a move to the powerful intercloud); perhaps it's
because the network isn't ready for infrastructure 2.0 demands.
When the cloud is ready for infrastructure 2.0 (or dynamic infrastructure) it
will make all the difference.
The Cisco Live panel wasn't that different from the three other panels I
participated in since May. Not only is the enter... (more)
As virtualization-lite creates swarms of increasingly dense VLANs in the data
center, the IT industry appears to be responding by consolidating into
coalitions, including Arcadia (EMC, VMW, and CSCO); HP/COMS; and IBM/JNPR.
Each coalition will likely produce its own "branded container" dedicated to
the simplification and tactical orchestration of growing VLAN empires.
This consolidation takes us back to the 70s when IBM and the BUNCH offered
ever-shrinking choices to smocked IT decision makers. Years later the
network evolved and disrupted the consolidation with new equipment
Infrastructure 2.0 Session at Virtualization Expo
This week InformationWeek featured my recent infrastructure 2.0 interview
with Alexander Wolfe. As the infrastructure 2.0 Working Group is in stealth
mode, we focused on the high level tech issues resulting from the collision
between virtual and static (physical) infrastructure:
InformationWeek: Let's dive right in. Define the issue, as you see it.
Greg Ness: If you look at networks today, the way they're operated, run, and
configured hasn't really changed for the last several decades. There's a
contrast between today's networks and ... (more)