Two respected enterprise cloud pioneers have provided the evidence I'd been waiting for to declare private cloud a busted flush.
Software as Services
In the best-informed blog on software-as-a-service and on-demand business applications, Phil Wainewright cuts through the vendor spin, analyzes the trends to watch and adds his thought-provoking insig
Since 1998, Phil Wainewright has been a thought leader in cloud computing as a blogger, analyst and consultant. He founded pioneering website ASPnews.com, and later Loosely Coupled, which covered enterprise adoption of web services and SOA. As CEO of strategic consulting group Procullux Ventures, he has developed an evaluation framework to help ISVs and enterprises select cloud platforms, and advises US and European vendors on messaging, positioning and go-to-market. His newest role as an industry advocate is vice-president of EuroCloud.
I don't believe you can get the full benefits of multi-tenancy just by porting your app to a platform that grafts it on. Cloud platform vendor Gigaspaces has introduced just such a platform. Is there a silver lining?
It makes no difference to security whether you deploy to public or private cloud. What matters is how you architect the infrastructure. Public cloud providers that offer sophisticated controls can even outperform many enterprise data centers.
Many enterprises deliver applications as-a-service to their customers, partners, suppliers or employees. Should they build these 'private' SaaS instances from scratch, or buy in a third-party platform that's already done the heavy lifting for them?
Mobile clients could set a trend towards adoption of a new 2-tier application architecture that talks directly to a cloud-hosted database-as-a-service such as Database.com, cutting out the need for an application server in between.
Global SIs are dragging cloud applications into the same mire as traditional enteprise apps. Perhaps a crowdsourced, community approach will at last bring much-needed cloud models into implementation and lifecycle management processes.
MWC2011 in Barcelona is shining the spotlight on mobile this week, and I'm sure a lot of cloud vendors are going to be thinking about their strategies for going mobile. I'll be discussing the topic with Salesforce.com, Workday and Sabre at a London event on Wednesday
Two experienced cloud advocates are in the running to take over leadership of Microsoft's Server and Tools division after Bob Muglia steps down, in the midst of rumors that a big shake-up is planned in Redmond.
It's a lucrative business, helping enterprise IT organizations implement their own private clouds instead of moving all the way to lower-cost public clouds. I asked CSC's VP of cloud computing to explain the benefit for customers.
The cloud industry badly needs a common code of practice so that buyers know what exactly they ought to expect from a provider, right from the outset. Arriving at a consensus won't happen overnight, but it's high time to start making a serious effort.
Filesharing-to-collaboration cloud apps vendor Box epitomises how cloud apps are growing up to become enterprise-grade. Despite the rounded corners on the company's cuddly brand image, it has had to sharpen up to become a fit for the square hole that is enterprise computing.
It frustrates me that the supposedly single market in Europe is a concept that has existed for more than fifty years, but we're still far removed from seeing it in practice, in particular for cloud providers.
This guest post explains why Salesforce.com's new Database.com service won't shake up the PaaS market, despite what you may have read on this blog last month. Contributed by PaaS vendor TrackVia's CEO Matt McAdams.
Instead of being the poor cousin, suddenly the mobile UI will be the bigger sibling that sets the standard for how other UIs behave, leaving desktop platforms looking more old-fashioned than ever, and setting new cultural challenges for enterprise application usage.
Contrasting cross-currents are going to make 2011 a fascinating and turbulent year, in which SaaS enters the tornado and mobile enters the bowling alley at the very same time as cloud trips over the chasm.