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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)

The Gartner Cloud Computing Smell Test

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)

Enterprise Customer Uses 6fusion Profiler to Drive Cloud Strategy

I’ve been off the radar in recent weeks as things around 6fusion have been busy, but few weeks ago we blogged about the Profiler application we’ve been working on. I’ve just come up for a bit of air on the project but while I was in the thick of things we unearthed an interesting sample of real life, multi-faceted, cloud impact. I thought it was worth sharing and my IT Director friend at the company I’m about to tell you about said it was ok to share a tidbit with the world (Special thanks, S.). Before I get into some of the details of this post, let me give you a little snapsho... (more)

6Fusion Launches Utility Computing Node in Canada

Global utility computing enabler 6fusion has partnered with e-ternity Business Continuity Consultants Inc. (e-ternity), to deliver its innovative cloud computing platform and cloud ecosystem for the first time in Canada. 6fusion provide s IT Service Providers (ITSP), Independent Software Vendors and enterprise customers with the ability to access computing resources on-demand in order to “cloud-enable” software applications. The 6fusion ecosystem includes data centers in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, and boasts numerous cloud enabled applications that ITSP and e... (more)

Cloud Brokerage: The Market Unified

This is Part III 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 and Part II here. The feedback and fallout from Part II of this post has been quite interesting.  I thought for sure the bulk of the flack I would have to take would be from the cloud vendor incumbents I said would be relegated to the world of retail cloud business.  But since I posted my perspective I’ve found myself digging in to the nature of the Total A... (more)