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Larry Carvalho

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A lot of folks talk about public clouds not being economically justifiable when volumes are high enough to support building your own infrastructure. This is due to the perception that consistent use can make public cloud use expensive. Just as I was about to write a blog and predict that Netflix would move from Amazon to building their own data centers for cost optimization, I saw a presentation from Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix, on slideshare that threw me off. In summary, Adrian says that Netflix is moving from its own datacenter to Amazon and it is the most optimal solution for Netflix. Randy Bias did an interview with Adrian that compared Netflix's strategy to Google's philosophy. However, Google chooses to run its own datacenters while Netflix wants to be “a small-ish fish in a big AWS pond rather than building their own pond”, according to Adria... (more)

Apple App Store and Its Influence on Hosted Business Applications

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer How is Apple’s success influencing the future of computing? Force.com and Google Apps now have marketplaces similar to the Apple App store whose target is businesses not consumers. You will get very few of these free or something that costs just a couple of bucks. These apps usually these have monthly maintenance fees associated with these and a lot of them have a “freemium” model, free for limited functions with a cost for value-added functionality. This is probably going to change the way business applications are delivered. Going from an in-premise model ... (more)

Cloud Computing Observations from Systems Integrators and ISVs

During the last few weeks I met quite a few Systems Integrators (SIs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) during the Cloud Expo at Prague and when visiting India/Dubai. I had good discussions about their strategy and objectives moving forward in the next few years. Here are some observations during my discussions regarding open source and partnerships. Open source: Almost all companies building web or mobile delivered solutions truly delivered as a multi-tenant cloud computing solution picked open source as their platform of choice. Solutions targeting large enterprises with ... (more)

Connectivity and Its Importance to Cloud Computing Solutions

Recently I was having a conversation with Jeremy Geelan on Skype, sharing screens on the proposed cloud expo boot camp agenda, and then the most annoying thing happens: the local electric company drops power for two whole minutes. I lose my Internet connection and we resume our conversation about 5 minutes later. Although this is rare in our neighborhood, this was just an annoyance without too much of loss of productivity. On the other hand, a disconnected scenario can be severely more painful if it happened in a commercial setting. Imagine the following scenarios if with a brok... (more)

Cloud Computing Generated Jobs - Hype or Reality?

Any new technology has a lot of followers and intrigue is built on what can the technology do to change status quo.  On the consumer side, mobile and tablets have had their share of attention.  On the enterprise side, enough solutions have been cloud washed to make customers scratch their heads in trying to understand what the technology really can do.  There is also a competition between technology companies to garner mind share – some try to create attention-grabbing headlines.  In an economy that looks for anything showing promise and recovery, job creation always grabs attent... (more)