2013 Roundup: Our Top 10 Posts of the Year

As we look back on a fascinating year in enterprise cloud, we wanted to share our top ten blog posts from 2013 based on site traffic. Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite topics, and which ones you’d like to read more about in 2014. #1: Four New Skills CIOs Need to […]

5 Reasons Why CIOs Need to Incubate Cloud

As the analyst predictions for 2014 start to roll in, it is clear that cloud is becoming an accepted component of the enterprise IT portfolio. The implications of this trend extend far beyond technology, and will play a large role in redefining the scope and role of enterprise IT. As we discussed in a webinar […]

Leverhawk’s New Amazon AWS Accelerator

Many enterprises we meet with are already using Amazon AWS for new web apps, websites, DevTest environments and other basic use cases. As they seek to extend usage of AWS more broadly across their organizations, these organizations face a series of new, important questions: What are the highest impact production workloads we should migrate to AWS? How […]

5 Practical Steps to Getting Started With ITaaS

Many CIOs view ITaaS as an interesting theory or concept, but don’t know how to make it real given the day-to-day challenges they face. The fact is, CIOs are already being pushed towards becoming an ITaaS provider, though they may not recognize it yet as such. “Shadow IT”, private and hybrid cloud initiatives are all […]

Cloud Ain’t Just For Cowboys

The pioneers of the American West were the cowboys—rugged individuals who didn’t care much for laws or process.  Similarly, the pioneer users of cloud computing have been app developers looking for a quick way to get the resources they need to do their work.  Rather than waiting around for IT to deploy the infrastructure resources […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding the Great Tech War

In 1939, the world plunged into the Second World War, lasting the better part of six years. All the major powers of the time were involved. Numerous fronts opened up, with large campaigns in Asia, Africa, Europe, and skirmishes even in the Americas. In the end, the victors set the policies that directed world affairs […]

Amazon’s AWS Enterprise Strategy is Actually Pretty Simple

“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” Many assume that because Amazon AWS isn’t aggressively building large-scale direct sales, solutioning and support capabilities like IBM and HP that it has no enterprise strategy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Amazon has had an intentional, purposeful strategy for the enterprise market for years.  But […]

Who’s Up For an Ubuntu Phone?

Earlier today, Canonical announced its intent to deliver a new version of Ubuntu, targeting smartphones. To highlight some directions for 2013 and sell the concept of an Ubuntu phone, Mark Shuttleworth delivered a virtual keynote video. In the video, Shuttleworth shows off the phone UI in detail, demonstrating how users can interact with the device. […]

Five Things We Learned at Amazon AWS re:Invent

Amazon AWS held its first customer and partner conference last week in Las Vegas.  So now that all the dust is starting to settle, what did we learn? It’s disruption time in the data warehouse and BI market. The biggest Amazon announcement at re:Invent was clearly Redshift.  The new low-cost big data service is targeted […]