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Ray DePena

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Cloud Expo on Ulitzer 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, whi... (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)

Why Wouldn’t You Adopt Cloud Computing?

Have you been exploring the cloud computing business paradigm?  Perhaps you’ve heard it getting louder over the last few years?  It certainly seems to be the case particularly in the last 6-12 months as the economic situation and environmental sustainability concerns have amplified those aspects of cloud computing. Some will point out the lack of standards, privacy, security and data concerns, and rightfully so.  However, we’ve seen this story play out before so lets put it in context.  Other common refrains of paradigm shifts were similar. Who needs a personal computer in ever... (more)

Einstein, Sharks and Clouds: IT Security in the Cloud

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... (more)

The Beauty of the Cloud

What is cloud computing? What is the difference between a cloud and the internet?  Some Twenty-One Experts Define Cloud Computing differently, and there are even more definitions out there. Among many that I've heard are some of the following: Cloud = Internet Cloud = Innovation Cloud = On Demand Cloud = Autonomic computing Cloud = Distributed computing Cloud = Grid computing Cloud = Hosting Cloud = Multi-tenancy Cloud = SOA Cloud = Utility computing Cloud = Virtualization Cloud = SLA-driven Cloud = SaaS Cloud = PaaS / OPaaS Cloud = IaaS / HaaS Cloud = Just a marketing buzzword ... (more)