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
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
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)
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)
Many organizations are focusing on IT metrics and metering to generate IT
cost savings. Here's a quick summary of how one organization is using
metering of IT resource consumption to improve IT cost visibility and move
from being a cost center to an internal service provider.
Company and IT Overview
The Company operates a 24-hour cable network that reaches about 100 million
US homes and a web site that has more than 60 million users per month. The
Company is divided into two primary business units, each with their own P&L.
The IT organization is moving toward a centralized internal... (more)
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)
Larry Walsh, of Channel Insider, recently tackled the sensitive subject of
the role of the IT service Channel in the burgeoning market for cloud
computing services and then subsequently posted a follow up. Since 6fusion is
the only 100% Channel focused cloud computing provider in the market that I
know of, I naturally read Larry’s piece with an extra amount of attention.
Walsh makes a couple of very poignant observations about what is happening in
the market regarding Cloud computing and the impact it has on the thousands
of IT intermediaries we often call Resellers or Managed Ser... (more)