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Cloud Computing Connections - It's All About the Plumbing

There are a lot of vendors innovating in the cloud tools space but nothing is more important than integration

Cloud Computing Bootcamp
(Santa Clara, CA | November 2, 2010)

Cloud computing is filled with innovation. One of the crucial aspects that makes cloud computing initiatives successful is integration. And there are companies developing innovative solutions in cloud-based integration.  During my ecosystem presentation at Clloud Expo's Cloud Computing Bootcamp last month, I identified two such companies: Boomi and Cast Iron.

On May 3rd, IBM announced its purchase of Cast Iron. What makes it interesting is that IBM is already the leader in integration solutions. What makes Cast Iron an acquisition target? The difference is automation of integration, simplifying what used to be an art like black magic that made systems integrators a lot of money. 

All this time we talk about automation of server provisioning and other aspects of IT infrastructure. The simpliication of integration is key to being able to sell a cloud computing solution. The delivery of such solutions through an appliance makes is a specialized solution targeting specific tasks.

I attended a session yesterday from Cast Iron and the simplicity that was demonstrated was quite impressive. This should be a good reason for organizations to be stepping into cloud computing. However, one of the benefits of Cast Iron was its being neutral and open to a lot of partners. Whether IBM can keep this neutrality up remains to be seen.

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Larry Carvalho runs Robust Cloud LLC, an advisory services company helping various ecosystem players develop a strategy to take advantage of cloud computing. As the 2010-12 Instructor of Cloud Expo's popular Cloud Computing Bootcamp, he has already led the bootcamp in New York, Silicon Valley, and Prague, receiving strong positive feedback from attendees about the value gained at these events. Carvalho has facilitated all-day sessions at customer locations to set a clear roadmap and gain consensus among attendees on strategy and product direction. He has participated in multiple discussion panels focused on cloud computing trends at information technology events, and he has delivered all-day cloud computing training to customers in conjunction with CloudCamps. To date, his role has taken him to clients in three continents.

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