James Staten

Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

James Staten is a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, providing insights and best-practice use of emerging infrastructure technology and services trends, including cloud computing (IaaS and public and private clouds), strategic rightsourcing, infrastructure consolidation, and application-specific infrastructure optimizations. James is the author of best-practice analysis on maturing your virtualization practices, building a cloud computing consumption strategy, and optimizing website infrastructures for blazing-fast performance.performance. He also advises clients on IT's role in business empowerment and HERO enablement.

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Where your cloud resides matters

Where your cloud resides matters

Geographic location plays a significant role in establishing data protection obligations in the cloud. And while many cloud services originated within the US, growing demand, global competition, and practical business models drive vendor proliferation of cloud services hosted across diverse geographic locations.

March 5, 2010 by in Hardware

IBM is innovating in servers again

IBM is innovating in servers again

It's good to see IBM has returned to the world of x86 server innovation with its latest eX5 line of servers announced this week. Shortly after IBM sold off its PC business to Lenovo, rumors began to circulate that its System x business wouldn’t be far behind and evidence abounded that the rumors might be true.

March 2, 2010 by in Hardware

When is a VMware cloud a vCloud? Let the API wars begin

When is a VMware cloud a vCloud? Let the API wars begin

Attention enterprises —Pop Quiz: If your favorite hosting provider launches a cloud service that supports VMware vSphere and is part of the VMware vCloud initative, are they providing you with the rich vCloud functionality VMware is touting at VMworld this week?The answer is no, because vCloud hasn’t been delivered yet and probably won’t be until the first half of 2010.

September 2, 2009 by in Hardware

VMware completes the PaaS to vCloud

VMware completes the PaaS to vCloud

If you’ve been wondering why an infrastructure leader would acquire a developer framework, the answer is a bit more complex that what shows on the surface — and a lot more strategic. As stated in the press release and in the blogs by VMware CTO Steve Herrod and SpringSource CEO Rod Johnson, the acquisition helps by, “creating a single, integrated, build-run-manage solution for the data center, private clouds, and public clouds.

August 11, 2009 by in Hardware