October 28, 2013  1:05 PM

Is it really possible to compare Cloud offerings?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, CloudSpectator, CloudStack, Data Center, Enterprise, Gartner, Mission-Critical Applications, NetworkComputing, Open Source, Performance, Rackspace, SLA

I’ve written before about how Cloud Computing can be confusing (here,


September 30, 2013  10:30 PM

Confused about SDN? You should be…



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cisco, Cloud Computing, CloudStack, Converged Infrastructure, Lock-In, Open Source, OpenDaylight, OpenFlow, OpenStack, Overlay Network, Private Cloud, SDN, Software-Defined Networking, Virtualization, VMware

It's been a long time since Networking was generating this much buzz in the IT industry. You have go back to the late 1990s, when Gigabit Ethernet companies combined hardware-based...


August 17, 2013  5:25 PM

Open Source for Cloud – Projects vs. Products



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cloud Computing, CloudStack, Data Center, Enterprise, Hadoop, Open Source

As more and more open-source projects get implemented within Enterprise IT organizations, one of the most frequently confused topics I hear discussed is open-source projects (FOSS - Free Open Source Software) vs. products. It's not surprising, since the majority of IT organizations purchase the...


August 17, 2013  1:54 PM

Cloud Evolution – USB 2.0 is a Long Way Off



Posted by: Brian Gracely
APi, AWS, Cloud Computing, CloudStack, Enterprise, Hybrid Cloud, Licensing, Lock-In, Multi-Cloud, Open Source, OpenStack, Private Cloud, Simon Wardley, VMware

Back when we started The Cloudcast (.net) podcast in 2011, our first guest was Christian Reilly from Bechtel. At the time, he was a couple years into a multi-year process of...


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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February 26, 2013  11:11 PM

10 Questions for the 2013 OpenStack Summit in Portland



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, CloudStack, HP, Lock-In, Multi-Cloud, Open Source, OpenStack, Rackspace, VMware

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December 11, 2012  12:06 AM

Enterprise Cloud Management – Still a Wide-Open Game



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cisco, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, CloudStack, Data Center, DevOps, Gartner, Open Source, OpenStack, Software-Defined Data Center, VMware

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the Twitter echo chamber , believing that whatever is good for Google, Facebook or NetFlix must also be good for your Enterprise environment. All new applications, built to scale and running on commodity hardware. But the other end of the spectrum is the...


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