Cloud, Enterprise Architecture and The Missing Link

One of the most compelling drivers for Cloud and ITaaS transformation is the time-to-market improvements that come from enabling self-serve access for business users.  Rather than waiting for IT to provision resources, the business can select, configure and deploy services on their own through a service catalog.  With this advantage, the business can more easily […]

CIOs, Cloud Transformation and That Vision Thing

It is a tad ironic that marketing and communications will make or break many enterprise cloud transformation efforts. Needless to say most IT professionals weren’t drawn to the job because they wanted to market and sell technology. Based on what we’re seeing 2014 does seem to be emerging as the year that IT rolls up […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Growing Need for Hybrid APM

Distributed systems and applications running across a mixture of dedicated servers, virtualized components, and cloud services is the new normal. This growing fragmentation of the enterprise IT environment is creating new application performance monitoring challenges. Each service provider creates their own reporting. Application vendors have yet another. Internal IT departments have custom metrics that must […]

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 […]

The Real Story Behind Cloud and Financial Transparency

Much of the discussion around cloud and financial transparency focuses on the need to expose the true cost of IT services to business users. With consumption-based pricing, business users need to understand how usage and behavior will drive costs. This requires IT finance to shift their focus from supporting an annual capex driven budgeting process […]

Join Leverhawk at Cloud Connect Chicago

Cloud Connect Chicago, to be held on October 21-23, is right around the corner. Leverhawk representatives will be leading several sessions for CIOs and IT decision-makers seeking to develop their cloud strategies and roadmaps for business and IT transformation. Leverhawk’s Dave Roberts will lead the Virtualization and Private Cloud Bootcamp on Monday, October 21st, the […]

Can the Cloud, ITIL and ITSM Coexist?

Can cloud computing and the traditional IT service management (ITSM) framework, based on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), play well together? Is this a legitimate debate or a simple distraction? ITIL defines best practices for service managers in IT so they, in turn, can have reliable and continuously improving IT services for their solutions. With […]

Webinar Recap: Empower, Innovate, Transform – 3 Must-Do Steps for IT to Maintain Relevancy in a Cloud World

Now that cloud, big data and other next generation technologies are here to stay, CIOs face a fundamental choice. They can either accept the fact that they are now service providers competing with external vendors for budget dollars, or become impediments to change and lose relevance. Those choosing to become service providers are finding they […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]