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 […]

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 […]

Do Enterprises Need an Agile Approach to Cloud Strategy?

Now that corporate IT is finally taking cloud seriously, we’re starting to see development of more explicit enterprise-wide “cloud strategies”.   Whether driven internally or with the help of external consultants, many of these take familiar IT strategy development processes and direct them at cloud.  Here are some common pitfalls we’re seeing with many of these […]

Seven Things We Learned at Cloud Connect

It was an interesting week last week at Cloud Connect Silicon Valley. In addition to the keynotes and track sessions, we also saw the release of the summary results of the latest joint Cloud Connect / Everest Group survey on enterprise cloud adoption.  Here are the seven things we took away from the conference, the […]

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 […]

How Cloud is Transforming the Enterprise Call Center

One of the more interesting corners of the enterprise market where cloud is starting to drive real disruption and transformation is in the call center. Call center environments are comprised of a variety of systems including interactive voice response (IVRs), automatic call distributors (ACDs), outbound dialers and other components that have traditionally been provided by […]

Learn How Enterprises Are Embracing Cloud Disruption

Saving money is nothing compared to beating your competitors to market with a better product. This is the revelation that’s rapidly taking hold in the enterprise CIO’s office. Until very recently, most enterprise IT leaders would tell you that their primary goal in moving to cloud computing was related to cost reduction, primarily through server […]

Five Takeaways from the JPMorgan Chase PaaS Announcement

In one of the more eye-opening recent announcements in the world of enterprise cloud, JPMorgan Chase said last week that it has migrated nearly all of its internal .NET and Java applications to a PaaS model.  Over 430 development teams, 2,000 applications and 4 data centers are now in production in a PaaS  environment delivered by Apprenda.  It […]

Business Transformation Case Study – Toyota

You may recall we talked about Toyota in an earlier post about their impressive use of cloud services to drive back-office transformation.  We’d like to shift gears (pun intended) to the front-office to talk about how Toyota is using cloud to transform the customer service experience and how it engages with its customers. Toyota’s vision […]