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Abstract: This is Part II in a blog series by 6fusion Co-founder and CEO John Cowan on the emerging trend of Cloud Brokerage and the impact it will have on the technology industry and markets. Be sure to check out Part I of the series here. Part II – The Cloud Vendor and the Agnostic Intermediary I gave a presentation a few months back in which I opened with the following statement:  The future of cloud computing has little to do with technology. Sounds crazy, right?  But before you send me to the virtual nuthouse, let me explain. What I think is unclear in the emerging Cloud Broker business model is the demarcation point between the business of compute and the technical organization of compute.  The era of Cloud Brokerage will see these two concepts treated and considered as two distinct threads.   The technical organization of compute is what the myriad of cloud ... (more)

HP and the Future of Cloud

Barb Darrow recently published one of the latest opinions on HP’s long-term strategy in the wake of fresh announcements around the HP cloud coming out of beta. Darrow doesn’t outright slam the tech giant but I detect a slight snicker or two. Marred by some serious write downs after getting the shaft in two big acquisition deals, questions are no doubt coming from all angles at HP.   However, we should not be so quick to toss the HP baby out with the cloud bath water. I for one am quite bullish about the prospects of HP in a utility computing world. My outlook for HP is a little ... (more)

Seven Modeling Tools to Help Assess Cloud ROI

Network computing posted  a good article on tool for assessing cloud ROI. Check it out below. Posted by David Greenfield, January 08, 2013 Gone are the days when the cloud meant simply a hosted virtual instance or resource on some provider's network. We're seeing all sorts of new variants and twists emerge. I'm not just referring to the use of storage or compute resources or those that allow for elastic computing, such as Amazon's Reserved Instances. We're likely to see industry-specific community clouds emerge. These clouds are built to address the security and compliance needs ... (more)

Security and the Cloud

By Steven Wolford, 6fusion Director of Information Security Is now the time to make the move to cloud services with all the current IT security concerns? Security and the cloud seems to be the topic of conversation for many businesses and IT groups today. As you prepare for that decision making process around your IT infrastructure security, remember to take a risk based approach to help ensure a sound decision from an information security perspective. Rather than spend months learning, digesting, and attempting to implement a structured formal risk management framework, regard y... (more)

The Long Tail of Cloud Computing?

My watered down translation of Long Tail theory is simply the notion that the aggregate sum of stuff buyers take in small, infrequent quantities will invariably outstrip the aggregate sum of the most popular counterparts. Research evidence is beginning to corroborate what we saw some three years ago: There is a Long Tail in Cloud Computing. Consider some well accepted research points from IDC and others of late: The Cloud Computing market will hit USD $42 Billion by 2012 Of that, more than 50% will comprise business process applications (the stuff we all use daily to run companie... (more)