Category : Cloud and Enterprise IT

Amazon’s Toolkit Strategy

Amazon announced the other day that they were releasing a product called CloudSearch.  It’s yet another new product within the AWS portfolio, a portfolio that is getting so full of features that it is beginning become difficult to categorize.  Traditionally there have three types of cloud services; Infrastructure as a…

Sunny Days?

One of my primary investment theses at the moment is that the cloud is not only growing, but that we are just scratching the surface of what’s possible.  That’s why when I read that Amazon’s S3 growth has declined slightly, I was surprised.  To be clear, it’s not like S3…

The Truth Behind Amazon EC2’s April Fools

Let’s face it. Sometimes you just need a local server. Perhaps your office is too cold, or you have the urge to pull the cover off and reseat the memory. Or, you might have some data on floppy disks that you simply cannot live without. Because we will leave no…

IaaS Pricing

Last week was an interesting one for cloud computing and specifically, IaaS pricing.  Amazon dropped the prices for their compute instances pretty dramatically and Google and Microsoft followed suit.  This isn’t unexpected, in fact it’s a little slow if anything.  In fact, before Amazon dropped their prices I had read…

Picking Through The Picked Over – Part 2: Cloud

I don’t spend a lot of time in the stock market.  In spite of my background as an MBA, these days I tend to feel that there are better opportunities elsewhere (real estate for safety and small companies for growth).  That said, as the future of IT (cloud and social)…

The Future of IT Jobs Part II: A Better Look at the Translator

Last week, I opined about the future of jobs in the IT industry.  I stated a number of assumptions that you can read by clicking back to the post, but I ended up deciding that there were three primary roles in the “new” IT industry: The Translator – This role…

The Myth of the Virtual Desktop Comes to the Phone

A few years ago I wrote a 40 page whitepaper on Virtual Desktops.  I extolled the virtues of what seemed to me to be an obvious decision.  You take the hundreds or thousands of desktops in your office and cost $600 per system and replace them with little boxes that…

Yammer, Twitter, Skype, Sametime and How Enterprises Will Adopt Technology

As I perused my reader this morning I found an interesting note on TechCrunch talking about both the success of Yammer! and mentioning that they’ll be raising another round of financing.  For those of you who don’t know about Yammer! it is a set of social media technologies that can…

VMWare as the Amazon of PaaS

Note:  This is an extremely geeky post… if you have no interest in Enterprise Infrastructure it will not only bore you, it probably won’t make much sense. I noticed this week that VMWare expanded their Cloud Foundary offering to include support for .NET.  I had three seperate thoughts about this…

We’re Not Nearly Done Making Things Cloudy

Note: I had written a very elegant post on this topic, but it got lost deep in my wordpress instance… so all you’re going to get is the executive summary. Amazon’s cloud is starting to reach critical mass and that is believed to be a sign that cloud computing is…