From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise:

Mission-Critical Applications


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...

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,


October 14, 2013  10:39 AM

Will Developer Preferences Hold PaaS Back?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Application Tiering, AWS, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, DBaaS, DevOps, Lock-In, Mission-Critical Applications, Open Source, OpenStack, Pivotal, Platform

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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 7, 2013  9:57 PM

Thoughts from an Enterprise Start-Up



Posted by: Brian Gracely
AWS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Mission-Critical Applications, Private Cloud, SLA, Start-up, Transformaton

According to this piece in the NY Times, I'm old. I'm not yet an average/median worker in America, but apparently I'd be "Grandpa Gracely" amongst the hipster tech world. And when...


June 23, 2013  9:08 AM

Migrating Apps to the Cloud Requires ‘BizOps’



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Application Tiering, Cloud Computing, Enterprise, Hybrid Cloud, Mission-Critical Applications, SLA, Transformation

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March 23, 2013  12:12 PM

Understanding Cloud Computing Forecasts



Posted by: Brian Gracely
APi, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cloud Management, Data Center, DevOps, Hybrid Cloud, Mission-Critical Applications, Multi-Cloud, Open Source, Overlay Network, SaaS, Security, Shadow IT, SLA, Software-Defined Networking, Virtualization

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February 17, 2013  3:57 PM

Is a New Journey Needed for Business-Critical Applications?



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Converged Infrastructure, Licensing, Lock-In, Mission-Critical Applications, Multi-Tenancy, Security, VMware

For the past 3-4 years, we've seen tremendous growth in the level of virtualization that has been adopted within Enterprise and Mid-Market data centers. Statistics show that we reached the tipping point for Virtual Machines vs. Physical Machines in 2009, with that lead expected to grow to nearly 2x...


February 17, 2013  2:30 PM

Unlocking the 3rd Option – Hybrid Cloud



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Hybrid Cloud, Mission-Critical Applications, Multi-Cloud, Outsourcing, SaaS

Almost every aspect of both our personal and professional lives have evolved to the point where a variety of choice is the expected norm. We buy things how we want; we work where it makes the most sense; we personalize how we appear and communicate; and...


January 31, 2013  10:48 AM

Most Cloud SLAs don’t Cover Your *aaS



Posted by: Brian Gracely
Cloud Computing, Data Center, Gartner, Mission-Critical Applications, Security, SLA

Every few months (or weeks), the Cloud Computing industry seems to pick a topic and beat it to death from a technology or religious point of view. The concept of "Cloud SLAs" has been doing the rounds lately. Conveniently, these particular discussions came up after a few well publicized Public...


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