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)
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)
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)
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)