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.
Too many think of cloud storage as just another or the next type of
storage. As usual with this view, it is associated with a view that the
"next" storage type is bigger, faster and cheaper. Because each generation
of storage is always bigger, faster and cheaper. As such, proponents of
this view generally believe that access via traditional approaches, like
WebDAV, NFS, cifs and others, is a critical capability. Some may even argue
that Web Services APIs are not the critical differentiation of Cloud
Storage. We disagree.
Cloud storage is a radical change. It enables new app... (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)
Articles and blog posts associated with security and cloud computing are a
daily occurrence, unless some well-publicized breach occurs in the cloud.
At that point the number of commentaries and discussions will increase
exponentially, and then, over the following week, return to normal
I decided to focus on security as it relates to cloud storage, to see if
something really new and different is occurring, and if overall changes need
to be contemplated, as it comes to classic data security activities. When I
focused in this way, I quickly discovered that not much ha... (more)
We have built a free Cloud Storage Toolkit for Service Providers to help them
answer the question: "Should we enter the Cloud Storage marketspace?"
The toolkit includes a tutorial and a spreadsheet - both of which are
accessible immediately when you sign up for our Cloud Storage Strategy
THE TUTORIAL is a 15 page document which shows you how to use the Cloud
Storage: A Business Model for Service Providers spreadsheet. It explains each
of the 15 variables which make up the model, step-by-step.
[15-variable spreadsheet model]
THE SPREADSHEET is a custo... (more)