December 26, 2013  3:14 PM

Cloud Computing and Lock-In – Understanding and Managing Costs



Posted by: Brian Gracely
APi, Budgeting, Cloud Computing, Consumerization of IT, Enterprise, Licensing, Lock-In, Open Source, Opportunity Cost, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Shadow IT, Transformation

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November 30, 2013  10:51 AM

Can Private Cloud Management be Hybrid?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Budgeting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud, SaaS, SLA, Transformation

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August 4, 2013  8:34 PM

What is “Enterprise Ready” in Cloud Computing?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Big Data, Budgeting, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Licensing, Mission-Critical Applications, Outsourcing, Private Cloud, Shadow IT, SLA, Transformation

Probably more than any other question, I get asked all the time if I believe that Amazon AWS is "enterprise ready". Sometimes the question comes from analysts trying to determine the extent that the IT industry is shifting. Sometimes is comes from vendors trying to determine the pace of...


July 13, 2013  5:54 PM

Change Culture or Move Elsewhere – The IT Decision of the 201x’s



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Budgeting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, Consumerization of IT, Converged Infrastructure, Data Center, DevOps, Enterprise, Hybrid Cloud, Lock-In, Open Source, Outsourcing, Private Cloud, Shadow IT, Transformation

In the real world, there are the seven George Carlin words that if said will make people uncomfortable, especially if used with the wrong audience or in the wrong context. In the IT world, those words are CHANGE, VALUE-ADD, COMMODITY and...


May 26, 2013  12:04 PM

Transforming IT or Transforming the Business?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
21st Century Bit Factory, Big Data, Budgeting, Cloud Computing, Consumerization of IT, Converged Infrastructure, Facebook, Platform, Shadow IT, Simon Wardley, Transformation

An interesting discussion took place on Twitter yesterday, spurred by one of my favorite industry analysts (Simon Wardley, @swardley). I've


April 11, 2013  11:21 PM

IT Evolution follows Historical Patterns



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Budgeting, Cloud Computing, CloudStack, Consumerization of IT, Converged Infrastructure, Costs, DevOps, Hybrid Cloud, Lock-In, Open Source, Outsourcing, Shadow IT, Simon Wardley

This past week, a colleague asked a commonly heard question these days:

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April 8, 2013  11:12 PM

Is “Build Your Own Cloud” the new IT Gym Membership?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Budgeting, Cloud Management, Converged Infrastructure, Data Center, Private Cloud, Shadow IT, Virtualization

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February 10, 2013  11:43 PM

Shadow IT is not Good Guys vs. Bad Guys



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Budgeting, Concierge, Consumerization of IT, Costs, Shadow IT, SLA

For the past few years, there has been greater recognition that a few major trends are invading the IT landscape - smarter business users, challenging IT...


January 22, 2013  9:50 AM

Extending the Concept of “Application Tiering” to Cloud



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Application Tiering, Budgeting, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, Concierge, Data Center, Hybrid Cloud, Multi-Cloud, Shadow IT

While the discussion about Cloud Computing has evolved over the past few years, far too often it still devolves into a semi-religious debate about Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud. Traditional IT viewpoints say that security and reliability should rule the day, while more progressive viewpoints...


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