From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise:

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April 6, 2014  3:24 PM

Cloudy Musings and Random Thoughts



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Blog, Cloud Computing, Cloud Foundry, Cloud Management, Data Center, Data Gravity, Developers, DevOps, Enterprise, Facebook, Google, IaaS, Lock-In, Microsoft, Multi-Cloud, Open Source, OpenStack, PaaS, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, SaaS, Simon Wardley, VMware

The "Five Computer" Theory In 1943, Thomas Watson said, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Then in the early 2000s, when the Web 2.0 era was...

March 28, 2014  8:54 PM

Federated InterCloud of Hybridness



Posted by: Brian Gracely
APi, AWS, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Cloud Foundry, Cloud Management, Data Center, Enterprise, Hybrid Cloud, IaaS, Lock-In, Multi-Cloud, Open Source, OpenStack, PaaS, Pivotal, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, Rackspace

On the 8th day, the Internet was created. And with it came (basically) seamless ability to access and move information around the big tangled mess of Intertubes. Apparently those TCP/IP inventors were pretty smart. And apparently ever since that day, or whenever


February 24, 2014  8:36 PM

What is Hybrid Cloud?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
APi, Application Tiering, AWS, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cloud Foundry, Cloud Management, Converged Infrastructure, Data Center, DevOps, Enterprise, Hadoop, Hybrid Cloud, IaaS, Multi-Cloud, Multi-Tenancy, Open Source, OpenStack, Opportunity Cost, PaaS, Pivotal, Platform, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, SaaS, Security, VMware

Before getting into any technology discussions/definition about Hybrid Cloud, it's important to understand what value it potentially provides to businesses. In the most basic definition, "hybrid" means multiple things brought together to work as a unified system. For most businesses, this means...


January 5, 2014  12:51 PM

Does VMware need a vOpenStack offering?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cloud Computing, Cloud Foundry, Cloud Management, Data Center, Enterprise, IaaS, Mission-Critical Applications, OpenStack, PaaS, Pivotal, Private Cloud, SDN, Software-Defined Data Center, Virtualization, VMware

Three or four years ago, I had a unique opportunity to spend two weeks touring manufacturing facilities across China as part of a program to study complex systems, international business and patent law (or lack of it). We spent time with many well-known companies looking at their operations...


December 8, 2013  6:11 PM

The Ebbs and Flows of SDN



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Cisco, Cloud Computing, Data Center, Enterprise, Lock-In, Multi-Tenancy, Open Source, OpenDaylight, OpenFlow, Overlay Network, Private Cloud, SDN, Software-Defined, Software-Defined Data Center, Software-Defined Networking, VLAN, VMware

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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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November 28, 2013  10:29 AM

Thoughts from AWS re:Invent 2013



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Costs, Data Center, DevOps, Enterprise, NoSQL, Open Source, Transformation

It's been a couple hectic weeks since the AWS re:Invent conference, enough time to process what was announced and what has become one of the major cloud computing events in our industry (some would say "THE" event). The event has grown to ~9000 attendees and estimates have AWS now


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 19, 2013  12:32 PM

Why did Software Defined * (Everything) happen?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cloud Computing, Converged Infrastructure, Data Center, Open Source, Software-Defined, Software-Defined Data Center, Virtualization, VMware

Low Res Model T assembly line

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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...


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