I Can See Clearly Now the Clouds Are Gone

I can see clearly now the clouds are gone… Our vision is blurred by the thought of cloud. We know we need it, yet we don’t really understand why and how. The idea of cloud is in many cases impeding real progress in developing a new operating model for IT; and unfortunately, the industry isn’t […]

Why Cloud Requires a New Approach to IT Transformation

As cloud computing matures and success models emerge, enterprises are now getting serious about using cloud to drive IT transformation.  JP Morgan Chase, Toyota, GE and other leading organizations are moving beyond incremental costs savings and are using cloud and next generation platforms to drive innovation, growth and competitive advantage.  Unfortunately many CIOs and their advisors […]

Why Many Private Cloud Projects are Failing

While survey after survey show that enterprises claim to prefer private cloud models, IT is struggling to deliver.  Off the record many in the IT consulting and SI business will say the majority of private cloud pilots they’re seeing aren’t going  well.  In fact some believe that up to 90% of private cloud pilots in […]

Why CIOs Need Product Managers Now

There are two fairly indisputable facts about enterprise IT environments today: Cloud computing is here to stay – while it’s still early days, CIOs have largely moved past the question of whether SaaS, PaaS and IaaS models are enterprise ready. While there certainly are debates around suitability for particular workloads, most CIOs have accepted the […]

Why Cloud Will Restructure the Enterprise IT Services Value Chain

While working as the CTO of a Fortune 500 size organization, I always wondered what could be done to make the enterprise IT supply chain more flexible and efficient.   We constantly struggled with how we could more effectively control the IT cost curve while at the same time more quickly deliver business value and innovation. […]

What Makes ITaaS Transformational?

“There’s nothing really new with cloud computing.  Don’t you remember mainframe and timesharing?” Anyone involved with cloud in the early days of the market heard this naive and mildly annoying comment fairly frequently.  While thankfully it’s largely disappeared, a new version of the “nothing new here” meme has appeared in enterprise cloud. “Yes, we’re doing […]

What Does IBM’s Acquisition of SoftLayer Mean?

Full disclosure:  I work at Rackspace, leading product marketing for compute cloud offerings.  Opinions expressed here mine and not my employer’s. There was big news in the world of cloud M&A last week with IBM’s announcement that it intends to acquire SoftLayer at a price reported to be about $2 billion.  What does that acquisition […]

Has the Time Arrived for Cloud Insurance?

In the enterprise market much of the adoption for public cloud IaaS services so far has been driven by innovators and early adopters.  One of the defining characteristics of these early adopters is their willingness to accept and manage risk.  These risks can come in many forms, including technological, organizational, operational and financial.  Financial risk […]

Will PRISM have a Chilling Effect on Cloud Computing Adoption?

The Washington Post recently reported on a secret government program to snoop Internet data, named PRISM. How will this revelation impact the cloud computing world and could it put a damper on cloud adoption?

Four New Skills CIOs Need To Be An IT-as-a-Service Provider

For the first time, corporate IT is facing real competition.  Business users are deploying increasingly sophisticated SaaS applications on their own.  Developers continue to look first to public cloud IaaS and PaaS platforms for new application development, reducing the need for internal infrastructure.  With every new 3rd party cloud service, more IT budget dollars go […]

What is a Hybrid Cloud? — A Tutorial

If hybrid cars are “green cars,” what is a hybrid cloud? Can enterprises simply pick public or private and ignore hybrid alternatives, or are hybrids really the best of both worlds?

Why Dell Could Have Won in Public Cloud IaaS

With the announcement earlier this week of its new IaaS partner ecosystem, it appears that Dell has gotten out of the business of directly providing public cloud IaaS services itself.  While Dell still may eventually return with its own OpenStack based offering, it appears it’s out of the public cloud IaaS game for now. With […]

Five Reasons Why Cloud Transformation is Hard

Transformation is not a new concept, and has been around a long time before cloud and big data.  It has always been a pretty nebulous term, but generally has referred to the fundamental reinvention or redesign of a business or function.  From an enterprise-wide perspective this typically has meant redefining everything from target markets, products and […]

The Top Three Practical Use Cases for Cloud Brokerage

In the last several months, interest in the concept of cloud brokerage has been growing and was recently punctuated by Accenture’s announced intention  to be the IT industry “cloud broker” as part of a larger $400 million cloud R&D investment.  While the concept of a cloud brokerage has been around awhile, enterprise adoption is finally catching […]

Join Leverhawk Writers at Interop on May 7

Dave Roberts and Scott Bils will both be speaking at Interop on Tuesday, May 7. Dave is organizing, speaking, and moderating the Enterprise Cloud Summit, Private Clouds Workshop. Scott will be doing a session titled When to Build Your Private Cloud in the Private Clouds Workshop. The workshop will include great sessions on: Cloud economics, […]

Why Did GE Invest $100 Million in a PaaS Company?

The announcement last week that GE (yes that GE) made a $105 million investment in the Pivotal Initiative caught many by surprise.  Not only was it strange to see GE make a large direct investment in a technology vendor, it was also odd to see it in a relatively immature market like PaaS.  So the […]

PC Market Decline More Than Expected in First Quarter

We’ve mentioned in the past that analysts have been predicting most of the IT spending growth for 2013 would ride the back of mobile technologies. It’s now looking like those predictions are being fulfilled even more than expected.

Why Some CIOs Actively Promote Shadow IT

The conventional thinking about business-led adoption of cloud services in the enterprise goes something like this: Frustrated by a non-responsive IT organization, business users become attracted to the innovation, speed, and  flexibility offered by cloud vendors and solutions Fearing loss of control, corporate IT puts the brakes on deployments and projects of which they become […]

What is a Private Cloud? — A Tutorial

Many enterprises are starting their cloud computing journey with a private cloud. But what is a private cloud? Are they real or just “IT as we always knew it” ?

Don’t Underestimate Microsoft in the Enterprise Cloud Race

Microsoft last week announced the general availability of Azure Infrastructure Services.  This marks a notable course correction for Microsoft, which initially provided Azure solely through a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model.  While many market observers assume that public cloud IaaS in the enterprise is now a three horse race between Amazon AWS, Rackspace and Google, they may […]