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What can these things possibly have in common?  In a word - relativity.  I'm reminded of the old joke, two guys are swimming in the ocean when they notice a shark and one guy takes off swimming towards the boat, while the other says, "What are you doing?  We can't swim faster than a shark", the other replies, "I don't need to swim faster than a shark, just faster than you." Lately there has been a barrage of articles with regards to cloud security, and some very public demonstrations of outages with Facebook and Twitter.  Its been a field day for many who oppose the cloud computing model.  Let me get this out of the way so that there is no misunderstanding, yes, I agree with most on the need for better security in the cloud, and rest assured, the cloud service providers are motivated to work on it.  That being said, lets move on.  Security, while a very real and legit... (more)

Cloud Talk with Peter Coffee: What's Next for the Cloud?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Coffee, of eWeek fame.  Peter, as industry veterans may be aware, was eWeek's Technology Editor, and is now Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com, a leader in cloud computing. Our conversation began with my blatant attempt at gaining insight about Salesforce's strategic roadmap, knowing full well only the CEO can answer those type of questions, but you never know what you can glean from a non-response.  Hey, I gave it a shot. Then the real discussion of our meeting began.  The economic advantages of the cloud computi... (more)

What Cloud Flavor Will You Choose?

Vanilla, Chocolate or a Swirl?  Rocky Road may be next as it looks like a bumpy ride ahead. The popular kids on the cloud computing block are the public types, which makes sense to me, particularly at this early junction of the industry.  Though a common opinion by industry insiders is that we will see many different approaches as existing technology companies seek to position themselves in this segment. Some of those potential alternative arrangements (at least in theory) are described below. Cloud Computing Models - Public: Off Premise.  Pay for service designed, built, and ... (more)

Innovation and Risk in the Clouds - II

Early Bird at Cloud Expo In Part 1 of Innovation and Risk in the Clouds, I focused on the alignment between strategy, organizational culture, innovation, and cloud computing. In part 2 we will discuss some of the risks and challenges cloud computing presents. Do you remember the last time you took a risk?  The first time?  Do you remember the first time you saw your company take a meaningful risk? In business there are some very memorable moments in risk taking.  Which ones do you recall?  One of my favorites is the Apple, Xerox, Microsoft, and IBM story told in the Pirates of Si... (more)

Government Entities Adopt or Seek to Provide Cloud-Based Services

In this week’s cloud computing news we see some of the concerns in adopting this new paradigm, even as some of the largest business and government entities adopt (or seek to provide) cloud computing services. We can easily see vendors like Microsoft, Google, Oracle, HP, IBM, Unisys, and many others jockeying for position.  Having worked for a vendor I can state confidently that nowadays they make their moves based on demand, not “build it and they will come” wishful thinking. That demand is coming from your competitors, and sooner or later, those cost savings will show up in the ... (more)