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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...

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...


October 25, 2012  12:30 PM

Magic Quadrant IaaS Market Confusion



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Amazon Cloud Services, business innovation, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, Cloud computing standards, cloud infrastructure, Cloud innovation, Cloud IT, Cloud Reference architecture, Cloud Services, enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IaaS cloud, IT architectures, IT consultant, IT Infrastructure, Open Source, OpenStack

Just what is IaaS anyway?  Based on what was written in Gartner’s just published edition of Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a...

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May 5, 2012  11:00 PM

Openstack – Will the Real Customer Please Come Forward?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IaaS cloud, open source cloud, OpenStack, Openstack foundation, public cloud services

Question:  There has been much buzz in the IT community about Openstack as the emerging cloud standard.   Just who is the Openstack project designed for? Not long ago I spent a week in mid-April 2012 at the Folsom Openstack Summit/Conference in San...


February 12, 2012  11:00 AM

Robust Cloud Network Architectures, or why the Internet runs on Layer 3



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, Cloud Network Architectures, Cloud Networks, Data Center Networks, Data center operations, IaaS, Layer 2 networks, Layer 3 networks, Virtual Networks

Question:  I am designing a network for my private cloud.  Should I use Layer 2 switches or Layer 3 routers for my cloud network architecture?

Since the dawn of the Internet there has been an on-going debate over whether to...


February 4, 2012  10:30 AM

Cloud Use Cases – Making the cloud work for you!



Posted by: Beth Cohen
application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, cloud infrastructure, enterprise, enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IT portfolio management, PaaS

Question:  My company is exploring building a private cloud.  What uses that will best leverage my cloud infrastructure investment?

The magic of the cloud is that it can do anything.  It is both robust and flexible, the best...


October 11, 2011  12:00 PM

OpenStack – An emerging cloud IaaS standard



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, Cloud innovation, IaaS, OpenStack

Question: When will cloud computing have standards so that more companies will feel comfortable implementing cloud architectures and using cloud services without feeling locked in?

Cloud computing is finally maturing as a...


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...


May 14, 2010  3:00 AM

Evaluating Cloud Computing Services – Part 1



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

Question:  With over 3000 products available in the cloud already, is there any way to classify them so that I can evaluate the services that fit my needs without going crazy? OK, we get it.  Cloud computing is big - really big.  In the interest of clearing...


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