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James Urquhart wrote an interesting article today in his Wisdom in the Clouds blog on CNET about how cloud changes the customer, vendor relationship. In the article he states: "In cloud, your traditional technology suppliers are now interfacing directly with the customer, and the channel's "value add" of customer relationship management, technology delivery, and solutions development is being seriously threatened." Having worked for enterprise customers and vendors for the last 20 years, I have to say many companies have a direct relationship with their technology providers.  I think Dell & Gateway are probably most responsible for that disruption with support from a bursting .COM bubble. Before that, resellers were the primary route to market for product.  Vendors had some large "captured" partners and then a number of tier 2 providers. The commoditization of the ... (more)

The Importance of Many Clouds

Looking forward to the Redhat Summit this week in Boston with a theme of “Platform, Middleware, Virtualization, Cloud”. The cloud market is dominated by a lot of startups, with some goliath-size companies still waiting in the wings. Depending your point of view, they are either lumbering dinosaurs unaware of the next evolutionary shift, or if you are like me, I think they are poised to strike. If you believe enterprise adoption is the next wave of cloud adoption, then these organizations have huge salesforces with deep customer relationships and services organizations capable of ... (more)

Will the Real Cloud Please Stand Up!

It has become increasingly obvious that the marketing has turned on the cloud, supported by articles and interestingly the apparent abandonment of the clouderati.  I wrote a post a couple of weeks back titled “It's getting a little less cloudy” discussing the passing of the marketing hype and a new awareness of the real benefits of Cloud based architecture. The conclusion it reaches, is cloud has abstracted a lot of detail that might be labeled support and/or operations at a infrastructure or physical data center level. It has not however reduced the importance of IT Service Mana... (more)

AWS and the Public Cloud Market

The public cloud market is dominated by a 800 pound gorilla. We assume its 800 pounds and not 2000 pounds. It could even be 100 pounds or maybe not a gorilla, but an elephant of a paler color. There is no public information indicating its true size, revenue or performance. Let’s assume based on the marketing information it's 800 pounds and a gorilla. The recent release of the dedicated instance feature within Amazon Web Services has shone a spotlight on a possible future of public cloud. A proof point that cloud and the traditional hosting model might exist on the same continuum... (more)

ROI: Justifying the Cloud

A classic use of ROI or its twin TCO is in the Microsoft Economics of the Cloud, Nov 2010 paper. The conclusion is you can improve TCO by up to 80% by using applications in public cloud versus on-premise deployment. The basics of the calculation being: improved utilization (10% to 90%) enabled by virtualization/consolidation & elasticity the economies (power, operations, HW purchase etc..) of scale of multi-tenant cloud scale hosting Given most costs in a DC are directly linked to the amount of infrastructure deployed, then improving utilization from 10% to 90% sounds like the pri... (more)