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)
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)
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)
As you may or may not be aware, 6fusion is a channel focused company. That
means we work exclusively with IT service providers of one variety or another
to make the transition from legacy service models to a service model rooted
in cloud computing. Our core technology is an algorithm that creates a single
unit of measurement for the computing resources you need to run practically
any application. You can check out our site to find out more, as this post
isn’t intended to be a product pitch. But I thought I would take a few
minutes to let readers know a bit more behind the video w... (more)
This is Part IV in a 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 here, and Part III here.
The IT industry to me looks a lot like the commercial airline industry did
many years ago and I think the latter is rife with lessons about the power of
a true commodity market.
For those of you keeping score, late last year American Airlines’ parent
AMR declared bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 filing of the once largest airline ... (more)