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 companies big and small)
So, I can infer then that some $20 Billion will comprise the 2012 feed bag
from which all the little cloud computing piggies will line up at the trough
to consume. Not a bad market, from 10,000 feet away. But here's the thing.
The cloud computing market is already becoming pre... (more)
Gartner released five criteria to determine whether the pile you’ve been
sniffing is in fact what you think it is. In general, I think this type of
shoehorn analysis is dangerous because it never really goes deep enough. They
are invariably so nebulous that in some small way my hacker nephew could
probably qualify his College project. The problem with top down research like
this is that the devil is always in the details.
I took the liberty of regurgitating the list for you to peruse here:
Service-Based: Consumer concerns are abstracted from provider concerns
through service inte... (more)
I love this time of year because it is one of those rare occasions during the
corporate and product development process where creative ideas and concepts
designed to stimulate future success enter the entrepreneurial blood
stream. It is that rare moment where you have the benefit of an entire year
of business fresh in your mind to build upon and an entire new year ahead of
you to set new standards and push the envelope of success.
For our company and for the industry, 2010 was a huge year. We completed
our Series A round of venture financing, relocated the company to the covete... (more)
Jack Clark at ZDnet recently published a great series of articles on the
current state of cloud computing, which included an article on utility
computing called “Cloud computing’s utility future gets closer“. It’s
one of the best reviews of where we are in the progression toward utility
computing I’ve seen recently – probably since John Cowan’s blog series
on a similar topic or the GigaOm white paper by Paul Miller called Metered
IT: the path to utility computing.
A few key takeways from the article:
First, Clark states the cloud is changing nearly every aspect of the
Cloud Computing is the next great land rush and it is happening now. All
the major technology companies have their offerings. And it seems like
everyone is entering the market – even the hosting companies want in on the
In theory, migration to the Cloud makes business sense; you’re enabling
companies to rent computing power that would cost them too much to buy. I
won’t bore you with yet another blog post on the ‘what is it’ topic.
There is a great synopsis of Cloud Computing published by Mache Creeger and I
recommend checking it out. In our model, we’re allowing ... (more)