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(UPDATED: Added link to Adrian’s blog where he expands on his twitter question) I have been asked this question a couple of times in a couple of days, so that always warrants a blog post. The question first came up in a webinar I did with rackspace last week, it featured in regular conversation at Cloud Connect and then again on twitter from Adrian Cockcroft. The questions is framed like; “There is no technical reason for private cloud, its all $, FUD, and internal politics. Discuss.” – Adrian Cockcroft, Do you think there is a need for private clouds (vs. public)? Important to note we are not talking whether they should run on a cloud. This argument only applies to applications & workloads that have already been determined to be a good fit for cloud. The latter two are fairly easy to understand because they relate to the diversity organization requirements unable t... (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)

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 Channel Disrupt the Cloud?

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 ... (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)