Not long ago, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote a report with the
compelling title: You're Not Ready for Internal Cloud. What Staten meant, of
course, by the term "internal cloud" is what we have been referring to in
this blog as a private cloud. Whether you're ready or not probably depends a
lot on where you are on the project path.
For those just starting on the private cloud journey, it might be useful to
get the lay of the land and discuss the essential elements of any private
cloud project, and point out areas where my definition diverges from
Staten's, as a recognized expert on the subject and someone whose opinion I
A Set of Consistent Services
Staten's first rule is that you need a set of consistent services that your
users can access and use with a limited amount of friction.
Staten says beyond this consistent deliverable, the service sh... (more)
End users like to live in a comfort zone. For many that means their work
applications should resemble the ones they use at home or the ones on their
mobile phones. These programs tend to be simple, consistent and easy to use.
And more and more, end users are demanding the same simplicity they find in
these consumer tools in the tools they use at work. What's an IT pro to do?
One of the basic tenets of private cloud computing is keeping it simple for
end users. That means when they access your resource selection tool on the
Web, users will find it as friendly to use as, say iTunes.... (more)
Imagine you run an eCommerce web site, and you know that on "Black Friday,"
that magical day after Thanksgiving when retailers drop prices and rev up
sales, you would require substantially more servers to accommodate the
anticipated spike in online traffic.
If you were operating in a private cloud, you could go to IT and request a
dozen more servers for the day, and IT could have them ready to roll on Black
Friday. What's more, IT could arrange for the machines to be shut down on
Saturday, so it wouldn't cost you a penny more than you need to spend.
If you were in a traditional I... (more)
Butch Cassidy and Sundance are staring over the edge of the cliff:
Butch: Alright. I'll jump first.
Butch: Then you jump first.
Sundance: No, I said.
Butch: What's the matter with you?
Sundance: I can't swim.
Butch: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.
What's with the Butch & Sundance quote, you ask? This classic scene from
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" illustrates an issue I see every day
when talking to customers: focusing so much on one problem, they fail to
appreciate the magnitude of another. As enterprises and software companies
It's no secret that cloud computing has been on the minds of a lot of IT
executives. Conference agendas are filled with cloud talk and the Internet is
abuzz with it. As more enterprise IT departments move to the cloud, it begs
the question: How will it affect the traditional role of the CIO. It's fair
to say that there will be changes if the department shifts from a service
provider to utility model with usage-based metering.
This will cause a shift in core tasks from developing applications and user
interfaces and so forth, to a new set of tasks involving defining