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Cloud computing solutions require a diverse set of technologies (networking, server management, virtualization, etc.) and skills (integration, multi-tenant application development, etc.) working together in harmony to bring optimum solutions for customers. Necessity of multiple technologies working together challenges large technology companies with profitable on-premise products to integrate efforts in the conceptualization, development, selling and delivery of cloud computing solutions. Multiple billion-dollar brands, successful in their own right, tend to work independently while selling a cloud computing solution portfolio. These individual solutions often compete with other internal brands. Customers end up getting perplexed in trying to understand the direction they should take. During interactions with large technology companies, I am connected with employe... (more)

Speed Demons: Giants Collaborate, Give Customers Rapid Results on the Cloud

There are several platforms available to Systems Integrators (SI’s), Independent Software Vendors (ISV’s) and start-ups to migrate or develop their cloud computing solutions on. The battle between cloud computing technology vendors is to attract partners to their technology platform. Several aspects go into the decision of platform choice including vendor experience, technology readiness, skills availability and standards support. In addition existing partnerships, trust and relationships play an important role. In the days of PC operating system market share battles, vendors who ... (more)

Is Amazon Building an Insurmountable Lead?

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 opt... (more)

The New HP Way - Moving to the Clouds!

After a long trip planning and delivering CloudCamps in India and then Cloudy Awards at Austin, I finally got some time to comment on a big cloud announcement made by HP last week. I missed the Vertica acquisition made by HP in mid-Feb that was very relevant to the cloud space. The announcement caught my eye because HP seems to be backing off on-premise software acquisitions that were repeatedly predicted. It also clearly states how HP wants to leapfrog the competition by going directly into the enterprise application marketplace space by providing service providers an infrastru... (more)

Start-ups Leveraging the Cloud

A lot has been talked about upcoming information technology delivery trends and its effect on the innovative start-up solutions.  Mark Andreessen recently commented that Facebook would not have been viable as a company without leveraging these new technologies to deliver their product.  While a lot of attention is paid to huge success stories like Facebook, a small start-up in Cincinnati called CoupSmart has leveraged a whole different approach to combine mobile and social networking capabilities to deliver a unique solution. The recent deal environment filled with daily deal si... (more)