A recent SmartMoney article tells us that Microsoft's chief software
architect is concerned that cloud services could undermine the company's
margins over the long term. He also said that there was probably room only
for a few players in the cloud.
We beg to differ. IT Service Providers already have the core competencies
required to deliver on the promise of cloud computing. And profit margins
are present in cloud storage. In the recent meetings on Cloud Storage at the
SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Work Group, one of the specific topics was cloud
interoperability, a discussion that assumes multiple clouds by multiple
Read more on this subject on my blog.
Gray Hall offers his insights about the critically important question we’re
asking: how will cloud computing disrupt your business model? We start by
defining a basic yet useful framework for understanding business models; this
framework applies to businesses of all types and is adapted from Wikipedia .
We’ll look at causes and types of disruption, keeping in mind that
disruption can produce both positive and negative change. We’ll also tell
you where the money is - i.e., the areas which offer the most promise in
terms of business opportunity and profit.
In his introductory post... (more)
This November, I am presenting at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing
Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, CA. I welcome any opportunity to speak
about my favorite subject: cloud storage, and how the cloud storage segment
is providing a viable roadmap for how to create a profitable cloud computing
One year ago, the Mezeo Software team was finalizing plans to emerge from
stealth mode. Since that time, the cloud storage market has undergone some
significant changes and advancements. We may not have crossed Moore’s
proverbial chasm just yet, but the energy in the spac... (more)
Many Cloud Computing pundits have predicted that the early adopters will be
largely comprised of small and mid-sized businesses.
Some new data from Forrester suggests that won't be the case.
According to Forrester's Frank E. Gillett in Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong
About Cloud IaaS, one out of four large companies plan to use an external
provider soon, or have already employed one. Furthermore, we learn that 33
per cent of large companies plan to use a service provider for
Infrastructure-as-a-Service, while just 24 per cent want to run their own
The question is ... (more)
In a recent interview, Sajai Krishnan, CEO of Parascale made some interesting
observations about the needs of the cloud storage marketplace and how the
offerings from Parascale met them.
Krishnan gives us his perspective of the cloud storage market and current
opportunities in that space, primarily helping service providers build their
own cloud storage offering to retain customers who might otherwise look to
We welcome competition in this space.
While we agree with his assessment of the market, there are four claims that
deserve a fact check:
CLAIM #1: “.. in terms of... (more)