In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud
is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the
elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet
connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level functions for
enhanced performance and scalability.
The bottom ... (more)
When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity.... (more)
Thank you Mike Vizard for your discussion of why cloud computing will drive
more custom application development.
This is the point that seems to keep getting skipped in the many theoretical
considerations of whether “the cloud” is hype or revolution. People are
talking a lot about data center consolidation and reduction of IT
expenditures, or shifts from capital expenditures to operating expenditures,
and frequently in a tone that questions whether this even represents a
material improvement. But in so doing, they are missing the real value gains;
the cloud is about a radical an... (more)
In the past four weeks I've discussed the benefits of cloud computing and its
core components. My goal was to reveal the key value drivers of the cloud so
you could better understand and evaluate ROI opportunities.
I described two of the three core components of cloud
computing,infrastructure and platform, each delivered as a service. But, in
the end, your users will not work smarter or more efficiently because of
either infrastructure or platforms (save software developers or IT staff);
employees will be more effective because of the third core component,
software delivered as a... (more)
For those of you that haven’t seen it, one of the titans of our industry,
Larry Ellison (Oracle, early investor in Netsuite, Salesforce) recently was
filmed explaining rather humorously that the concept of “cloud computing”
is essentially just marketing hype.
I’m of the opinion that Mr. Ellison didn’t get to where he is by
completely misunderstanding or arbitrarily dismissing major trends in the
marketplace. The value proposition of cloud computing is clear and
significant. Because my firm, WorkXpress has delivered the value first
hand, I would even go so far as to say that it... (more)