Cloud Storage Strategy: Insights, Observations, and Next Practices

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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 service providers. Read more on this subject on my blog. ... (more)

An Introduction to Cloud Computing and Business Model Disruption

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 Magic Moment

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 industry. 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)

Forrester: Surprise! The Enterprise is Ready for Cloud Computing

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 "private" clouds. The question is ... (more)

ParaScale's Cloud Storage Service Provider Claims

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 Amazon S3. 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)