Cloud Storage Strategy: Insights, Observations, and Next Practices

Steve Lesem

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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 a cloud storage software solution, “pretty much” we are the only game in town” CLAIM #2: “…yes we do S3-type or REST protocols…” CLAIM #3: Krishnan claims his focus is on service providers CLAIM #4: Krishnan states that hosting providers will have to deploy cloud storage solutions to take on... (more)

Introducing: Free CloudLayer Storage Application for iPhone

The free CloudLayer iPhone application is now live at the iTunes App Store. You can click on this link to take you right to it in either iTunes or on the iPhone directly.  This will allow you to register. Read the rest of my blog post on the subject here. ... (more)

Mezeo Software Launches Cloud Newsletter and New Business Model Toolkit

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Mezeo Software launched the Cloud Storage Strategy monthly newsletter. Sponsored by Mezeo, the Cloud Storage Strategy newsletter and blog focus on Cloud Storage insights and observations from industry thought leaders. The Business Model Toolkit helps Service Providers assess the benefits and costs of entering the Cloud Storage Market. The Model uses inputs to present a sample business model and calculate potential return on investment from offering a Cloud Storage service. Steve Lesem, CEO of Mezeo Software, explains that his ultimate goal for the new... (more)

Microsoft: Losing Margins to the Cloud?

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 t... (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)