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Ray DePena

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We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims...
By now you’ve probably heard the term, “Cloud Wars”, though with so many fronts sometimes it’s difficult to ascertain which Cloud battles are being referenced. In The Battle for the Enterprise the reference is to cloud computing leaders making their way into the enterprise segment taki...
Do you know how many times Amazon Web Services changed the pricing of its cloud services in 2011? No? Neither do I. Cloud services are often dynamic with variable pricing and keeping track of price changes and optimizing your services accordingly can be quite an undertaking, particular...
Charge! That’s the rallying cry not of your IT on the way to the Cloud, but your business units as they use their corporate American Express (AMEX) cards to buy Cloud services. The Cloud, like the Internet before it, it seems deceptively easy. Back then, it was just connect. Done. To...
At the end of April, Josh Fruhlinger, Editorial Director at AOL Tech, published an article called, “The Cloud: No Sir, I Don’t Like It“. If you haven’t read it, you should, especially if you’re not a fan of this new trend towards Cloud computing. Even though I am a fan of this trend, I...
I feel like I’m playing a game of Clue all by myself (it wouldn’t be the first time). No one seems to have questioned IBM’s $7 Billion dollar 2015 target on Cloud computing. It was just swallowed up in the news as if it were written on stone tablets and delivered by Moses himself. We...
While navigating the Cloud Computing, VMware, Virtualization and Enterprise 2.0 Group on LinkedIn, I ran across this question, originally asked in Focus, a network of business and technology experts, thought leaders, and veteran practitioners. Let me begin by saying, that is an excell...
In a prior post I addressed some of the questions that I have been receiving and have been selecting some of those questions as the basis for a few posts. Today’s question is simple enough though the answer may be lengthier than expected. For blogging itself I use WordPress as my main...
As one with large enterprise experience, I’ve seen first hand the challenge of migrating from old technology to new technologies on-premise. Migrations range from months to years depending on the size of the migration effort, as well as the number, and type of applications involved. In...
Before I begin my response to your questions, I want to thank you – the readers of my blogs for all the great questions that you keep sending me. While I can’t respond to all the inquiries I receive, I’d like to take a moment today to address some of your questions. Yes, if you’d like...
It's that time again. Today we take a look at 1Q 2011 to see which Cloud players are gaining mindshare. You can guarantee that the Cloud computing segment will be even more exciting to watch in 2011 than it was in 2010 as large enterprise information technology companies continue their...
The bottom line is that the giants of IT are seeking out a winning control point in this new Cloud computing paradigm, and virtualization – the ability to run multiple operating systems on the same physical server, which is currently dominated by VMware, is a key Cloud enabling technol...
Last week at Intel’s Day in the Cloud event in Portland, Oregon, I had an opportunity to get an overview of Intel’s Cloud Strategy, and discuss the Cloud industry with members of Intel’s team and several of Intel’s ecosystem partners such as Cisco, EMC, and VMWare. That part of the eco...
Discussions of Cloud computing often revolve around strategy, business, economics, and technology, particularly in the higher levels of the Cloud stack, SaaS, PaaS, so you may wonder why I’m writing about Intel’s Day in the Cloud event when microprocessors are found deep within enterpr...
Are you giving 100% at your job? 110%? If you said yes, you’re depriving yourself, your business, or your employer of your creative potential. Manufacturing facilities are not intended to run at 100% capacity all the time; plant managers understand the risk of trying to run at full ca...
It has certainly been an exciting week in the Cloudsphere with Dell and HP battling it out over 3PAR. It’s clear who is on Dell and HP’s radar, and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of 2010 Cloud acquisitions as the segment continues to consolidate. Its been almost 2 quarters ...
As many of you are aware, Monday, April 19th, marked the first day of the Cloud Computing Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Prior to the opening keynote address by Richard Sarwal and Hasan Rizvi both with Oracle, I ran into Fuat Kircaali, founder and chairman of SYS...
In part I of this series, we began our journey towards next generation enterprise transformation.  In part II, we will discuss some of the initiatives to abstract the enterprise, and create a virtual enterprise presence in the cloud. Last time, we spoke of undertaking initiatives, but...
Thank you for your patience while I gathered my thoughts on positioning the enterprise for cloud computing. In the article, “Silicon in the Cloud“, we discussed the influence of semiconductor innovation, particularly multi-core developments, on systems virtualization, and the resultin...
You may wonder whether it’s too early to make the call given the lack of interoperability standards, security concerns, and common definition of cloud computing. Well, the IPTV space shares many of the same similarities – emerging technology, emerging standards, emerging adoption, var...
The coming years will be both exciting and challenging as we collectively migrate to integrated enterprise cloud computing. Speaking of enterprises, I owe all of you an article on preparing your enterprise for the cloud. I continue to work on it, but it's not quite ready yet. This...
By now you have noticed the excitement of cloud computing, but have you noticed how few discussions have focused on the effect of the semiconductor industry and microprocessors on cloud computing? For those readers that are not as familiar with the technology industry, the semiconduct...
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 misunderstandin...
As you can imagine given the ongoing economic challenges, and the demand for green technologies, businesses are seeking all viable means to cut expenses, including travel, while still conducting their business face to face; and cloud computing coupled with converged communications prov...
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’...
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 att...
There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share? Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I’ve been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our ...
While I was off enjoying some brain candy by way of obtaining PMI's PMP (Project Management Professional) certification last week, the IT landscape was busy reconfiguring itself. I enjoyed reading Jeffrey Kaplan's analysis of the Perot acquisition by Dell, and Information Week's perspe...
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...
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 a...
There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share? Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements. So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. ...
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 = Inno...
With today's announcement of CA (NASDAQ: CA) and Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) partnering to leverage and support Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) with CA's Enterprise IT Management (EITM) offering we are witnessing the continued focus and support by mainstream, traditional IT companie...
Another storm?  Didn't we just have one in the financial and credit markets you say? Well, yes, and no.  Yes, we did have a storm, though it wasn't one of innovation, unless we count the complex and innovative derivative instruments created by Wall St. in which banks, investment firms...
Many have discussed and commented on Cloud computing’s benefits, as well as its risks, though I have heard few discussions on Cloud computing’s impact on business process re-engineering, and how to get from the existing internal business processes to a Cloud computing model. For sm...
The benefits commonly ascribed to the ‘cloud’ or on-demand model, in order or importance, are “easy/fast to deploy”, “pay only for what you use”, and “offers the latest functionality”, according to a recent IDC research. These three benefits out-rank others, including “less in-hous...
I completely agree with the lack of cloud computing standards and data security concerns you describe, and while I predominantly target the small to medium business market segment (which itself is prone with security issues due to lack of skilled, in house, IT security specialists), I ...
The shift to cloud computing is underway, and to some degree I can understand the concerns of organizations with tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of employees, though they too can benefit from this shift to cloud computing through an on premise approach. What interest...
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 tho...