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Building a predictive model for cloud IT adoption

Our own David Gewirtz introduces a model that is able to provide IT organizations with the ability to quickly see which of their applications would best fit SaaS (software-as-a-service), PaaS (platform-as-a-service), or IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service).

April 21, 2014 by

The elephants not in the SaaS room

Why are VMware and Citrix, the two biggest technology beasts of the cloud infrastructure layer, not making their presence felt in the SaaS vendor community, even though they clearly have a huge role to play in its fortunes?

July 14, 2011 by

SaaS will dominate your cloud strategy

If an enterprise is focusing on the infrastructure layer to build its cloud strategy, then it's looking in the wrong direction. SaaS will dominate spending on cloud into 2020 and beyond, according to Forrester projections.

April 26, 2011 by

New HP offerings enable telcos to deliver more safe cloud services fast

HP has correctly identified a weakness in the SaaS and cloud markets. In many cases, applications and productivity services came to market first, but lacked the enterprise-caliber infrastructure, management, and auditing and fiscal control mechanisms. Now, HP is bringing these traditional IT requirements to the cloud domains, and making them available to the large market of existing providers.

December 15, 2009 by

Don't bail out autos, invest in cloud!

In the cloud model, the vendor rather than the customer takes on all the upfront cost of building and deploying the computing infrastructure. If SaaS and cloud take off, will the software industry have enough cash to fund that huge revenue gap?

December 4, 2008 by

SaaS for the SaaS-less

There's huge demand for SaaS services from enterprises that are firmly committed to the on-premise model, and especially for SaaS applications that help manage on-premises IT infrastructure. Isn't that ironic?

October 22, 2008 by

RightScale makes EC2 a better fit for SaaS

The founder of RightScale, a start-up that automates the running of cloud computing on EC2, formerly ran the massive multi-tenant infrastructure at Citrix Online. His advice to SaaS vendors today is to go for a smaller, hybrid architecture.

November 19, 2007 by

Amazon EC2 offers a shortcut to SaaS

Amazon's EC2 service offers a potential shortcut past some of the hurdles faced by ISVs on the road to SaaS, not least how to build and operate a high-availability, shared-services data center infrastructure, says the company's CTO Dr Werner Vogels.

November 19, 2007 by

Integration infrastructure approaches adjust to new world of SaaS and shared services

People have realized that if you're doing integration to each separate service that's out there, then you're creating the same point-to-point spaghetti that people were trying to get away from by moving to this new IT paradigm. People are starting to think that there's a better way of doing this. If there's a better way of delivering the software, then there ought to be a better way of integrating it together as well.

September 25, 2007 by

Evidence builds around the serious synergy between open source and SOA

Most importantly is the expected delivery in Q4 of this year of a comprehensive open source SOA platform stack from Red Hat and its JBoss unit. The goal is to take the best of open source platform, middleware, tools, and SOA infrastructure (such as ESBs) and package them for volume viral delivery to the market, with a simplified pricing model (based on a "server instance") for support. The goal is to appeal to the SaaS providers and service providers, demonstrate the technology and economic value there, and then take it all out to the large global enterprises, said Sacha Labourey, JBoss CTO, during a chat I had with him at last week's JavaOne conference in San Francisco.

May 14, 2007 by

SaaS infrastructure, as a service

Anyone still laboring under the misconception that SaaS is just a different delivery model for conventional software should spend a few minutes talking to Treb Ryan, CEO of SaaS infrastructure hosting provider OpSource.

March 20, 2007 by

There's little chance Eclipse will suffer the same mistakes as Java

Now, don't get me wrong, the JCP (increasingly going to newer GPL licenses) still fulfills its role beautifully. It's performs a mostly non-commercial oversight function of an essential legacy environment. Make your fixes, contributions, and updates -- but take your new code contributions elsewhere. Java plus Eclipse plus Apache plus GPL Linux is what makes today's savvy enterprises, SaaS vendors, service providers, and internal development powerhouses (like Google) what they are: Lean, mean, agile, and low-cost infrastructure innovation machines.

March 12, 2007 by

Any ready examples of a SaaS vendor using an OSI-approved license?

Is there a defacto standard in the making for how to best use open source in a SaaS model that does not leave the provider open to code and revenue hi-jacking? My thoughts have been that SaaS providers should use OSS as platform and deployment infrastructure alone, while keeping the applications as their intellectual property. That both reduces risks and total costs.

November 7, 2006 by

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