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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 greatly respect. 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)

Cloud Computing - Keep It Simple Stupid

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)

The Improbability of Resource Planning

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)

Moving Targets: Developing Cloud Apps on Rapidly Evolving Platforms

Butch Cassidy and Sundance are staring over the edge of the cliff: Butch: Alright. I'll jump first. Sundance: No. 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 m... (more)

Cloud Management Could Change the CIO's Role

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 service-level... (more)