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July 5, 2011  4:30 PM

SDaaS – Introducing a new layer to the cloud computing model



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, cloud computing, cloud computing models, cloud development platforms, Cloud Services, SDaaS, Software development, Software Development as a Service, Software Development in the Cloud

Question: I am confused about the Microsoft Azure cloud offering, is it a PaaS as Microsoft says, or a set of cloud based software development tools?

A recent presentation I saw about Microsoft's Azure cloud service claims...

May 30, 2011  2:00 AM

Taking Back IT – SaaS Portfolio Management



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Value, Cloud Services, data integration, Data Integrity, enterprise architectures, Enterprise data models, hybrid cloud, IT business alignment, IT governance, SaaS

Question: New SaaS applications seems to be popping up everywhere in my organization.  How can IT address the pressure from the business units to support these ad hoc applications and integrate them into the overall enterprise IT portfolio?

Forrester forecasts the SaaS...


April 27, 2011  4:00 PM

Tangled Up in Clouds — Interdependency lessons from the AWS outage



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Amazon Cloud Services, Backup, Cloud architectures, cloud computing, Cloud IT, Cloud Services, data protection, Disaster Recovery, high availability, IT Infrastructure, leveraging IT investment, service level agreements, SLA

Question:  Amazon's recent AWS outage affected a surprisingly large number of sites.  What can we learn about cloud resiliency and how can we minimize these outages in the future? AWS, Amazon's hosted web services offering suffered a major outage with some...


January 30, 2011  6:45 AM

Will the Cloud Ever Become a Real Utility?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business IT, cloud computing, Cloud Services, enterprise cloud services, enterprise IT, IT service delivery models, public cloud services, utility computing

Question: There has been lots of press about the cloud can deliver IT services using a utility pay as you go cost model.  Is the utility model a reasonable approach and what will it look like in the future? Andy Oram recently proposed in,


January 23, 2011  9:00 AM

Is Open Source Essential for Cloud Adoption?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Value, Cloud architectures, cloud computing, Cloud Services, enterprise cloud services, Open Souce Software, Open Source, Private Cloud, Public Cloud, utility computing

Question:  Is Open Source essential for widespread Cloud adoption? Andy Oram's recent article on Open Source software and cloud architectures, Reaching the pinnacle: truly open web...

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August 12, 2010  2:00 AM

The Cloud Attic – Leveraging Cloud Storage Solutions



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud Services, cloud storage, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud services, IT Innovation, IT ROI

Question: What are the benefits of using the cloud for my business's storage requirements?  What technologies and solutions are available that addresses my needs for security, data integrity, elasticity and reduced costs? There is no question that in today's...


August 4, 2010  8:00 PM

Report from the Clouds



Posted by: Beth Cohen
cloud computing, Cloud security, Cloud Services, Enterprise computing, Enterprise security, IT architectures, SaaS, technology innovation

Question:  The hype about Cloud computing is reaching fever pitch.  Is cloud computing just recycled technology, or is there something really innovative and new? Last week I attended a great little Unconference called


July 25, 2010  8:00 PM

Evaluating Cloud Computing Services – Part 3



Posted by: Beth Cohen
cloud computing, Cloud Services, emerging technology, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud services, IT Innovation

Question:  As an enterprise customer, I need robust services that will support the global reach of my company.  What types of cloud products and architectures will meet my requirements? As we discussed in parts 1 and 2, cloud services can be classified into...


May 27, 2010  9:00 PM

Evaluating Cloud Computing Services – Part 2



Posted by: Beth Cohen
cloud computing, Cloud IT, Cloud Services, IaaS, IT portfolio management, IT services, PaaS, SaaS

Question:  As a mid-sized enterprise customer, can I trust that the cloud is ready to be added to my portfolio of IT services?  What should I be looking for in cloud products that will meet my requirements? As we discussed in part 1, cloud services can be...


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