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September 30, 2013  3:00 AM

Is IT Still Relevant?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
application development, big data, business applications, business continuity, business innovation, business IT, business responsibility, Business Value, cloud application development, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, Enterprise computing, Enterprise data models, enterprise IT, IaaS, infrastruture, innovation, IT architectures, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, IT management, IT management tools, IT operations, IT organization strategy, IT portfolio management, IT risk management, IT service delivery models, IT services, IT technology, leveraging IT investment, managing Cloud Portfolios, New IT product innovation, operations, SaaS, Supply chain, System integration, Systems innovation, technology innovation, utility computing, virtual desktop

When an inpatient business unit marketing manager with a credit card can stand up an instance of Salesforce in a matter of a few days, and many companies have long outsourced their daily IT operations, many business executives are questioning if a traditional centralized IT organization is the...

April 8, 2013  6:00 PM

The Enterprise Finally gets Cloud



Posted by: Beth Cohen
big data, business applications, business innovation, business IT, Business Value, cloud application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, cloud data center, Cloud Data Storage, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, cloud mobile computing, Cloud Networks, Cloud operations, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, emerging technology, enterprise, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud, Enterprise computing, enterprise IT, global IT economy, hybrid cloud, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT Innovation, IT Leadership, IT management, IT organization strategy, leveraging IT investment, managing Cloud Portfolios, New IT product innovation, technology, technology innovation

Yes, it is a bit trite to say it now, but Cloud Computing has become a multi-billion dollar business which really has revolutionized Information Technology consumption for both the consumer and enterprise markets. It is well established in the white hot consumer market, especially with the...


January 4, 2013  7:27 PM

2013 – Year of the Cloud for Sure this Time



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business innovation, business IT, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, cloud computing, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, Cloud innovation, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Services, Dev/Ops, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, global IT economy, IaaS, IaaS cloud, infrastruture, innovation, IT business alignment, IT consultant, IT futures, IT Innovation, IT technology

Will the predicted Cloud Computing revolution finally arrive? Has Platform as a Service (PaaS) finally matured enough to be widely adopted? These and other burning questions are part of Cloud Technology Partners’ 2013 tech future predictions. In the spirit of the holidays I give you ghosts...


November 11, 2012  12:30 AM

OpenStack Take 3: Technology Overview



Posted by: Beth Cohen
big data, cloud application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, cloud development platforms, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, Cloud Network Architectures, Cloud Networks, Cloud operations, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IaaS cloud, IT consultant, managing Cloud Portfolios, Open Souce Software, OpenStack, Openstack swift, technology innovation

Question: Is there anything new about OpenStack’s underlying technology?

As I mentioned my previous post on the recently concluded OpenStack Summit held in San Diego October 2012, OpenStack needs to be taken seriously by anyone who is interested...


July 14, 2012  2:30 PM

Do We Really Need Cloud Standards?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Amazon Cloud Services, business innovation, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud compliance, cloud computing, Cloud computing standards, cloud development platforms, Cloud migration, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud Services, Cloud Strategy, enterprise cloud, hybrid cloud, innovation, IT architectures, IT consultant, IT Innovation, IT organization strategy, IT service delivery models, managing Cloud Portfolios, technology innovation

Question:  I am working on building a cloud strategy for my company.  How can we avoid vendor lock-in? You would think that cloud technology would have standardized long time ago.  While network standards that shape the Internet have been widely accepted...


June 17, 2012  10:00 PM

Really Big Data – Cloud object storage



Posted by: Beth Cohen
big data, Cloud architectures, Cloud backup, Cloud Services, cloud storage, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, Openstack swift

Question:  What is the best way to store really large data sets? We are commonly used to terabytes of data; 3TB hard drives are now usually available for under $200 and 4TB drives are starting to ship at premium prices.  It is not unusual for a company to...


January 15, 2012  3:00 PM

Cloud Redundancy – A different approach to component failure



Posted by: Beth Cohen
business continuity, Cloud business models, cloud computing, cloud computing models, Cloud Services, Disaster Recovery, enterprise cloud, enterprise cloud services, hardware failure, OpenStack

Question:  What is the best way to manage the thousands of components in a typical cloud?  How does managing "at scale" change my systems administration practices?

People have been managing data centers for 30-40 years now, so that should mean...


December 27, 2011  10:00 AM

May the Best Cloud Reference Architecture Win!



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, cloud development platforms, Cloud Reference architecture, enterprise cloud, OpenStack

Question:  How can the cloud standardize on a reference architecture when there are so many different ones?

In our work, clients often ask for a cloud reference architecture.  They see it as a holy grail that will provide clear vision and help...


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