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I am honored that the Cloud Expo conference organizers have asked me to be the Tech Chair for DevOps Summit 2014. The positive response from so many people I respect has been wonderful. Thank you to all who sent good wishes - it means a lot to me to have your support. Part of what makes this an exciting opportunity for me is that I expect my past experience and attitude will reflect the experience and attitudes of many DevOps Summit 2014 attendees. For example, I was once a DevOps 'noob' (newb? n00b?) and expect many attendees will be similarly naïve. In the four years since my first skeptical DevOps post (when I was still an independent analyst, and DevOps didn't even have a Wikipedia entry), reactions from 'the movement' have ranged from petty insults to good-humored ribbing and frequently educational commentary. However, as I said in the press release, "I have s... (more)

Harness APIs to Deliver Competitive Applications in the ‘Cloud of Clouds’

Based on Andi Mann's presentation at Cloud Expo 2013 Silicon Valley IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues to be a key stakeholder in delivering business service innovation. However, it also means that IT must deliver new innovation despite flat budgets, while maintaining existing services that grow more complex every day. The 'Cloud of ... (more)

Eleven Tips for Successful Cloud Computing Adoption

Key issues can make or break an organization's strategic cloud adoption. The intersection of cloud computing with business strategy, Big Data, vendor lock-in, globalization, collaboration, security, licensing, virtualization, confidence, and the ‘new normal' can act as huge points of concern. So I put down some thoughts on this, and ended up - in no particular order - with the following 11 tips for the successful adoption of cloud computing: 1. The ‘new normal' makes cloud mandatory, not optional - the growing gap between flat (or down) IT budgets and the increasing business deman... (more)

Quit Stalling: Overcoming the Barriers to Virtualization Deployments

There is a well-known and outstanding promise of virtualization, that it can and does deliver significant IT and business benefits, including: Substantial ROI: In hardware consolidation, power, rent, cooling, downtime, etc. Greater agility: With fast IT support for business innovation, transformation, etc. Improved continuity: Through hardware redundancy, site recovery, live migration, etc. And many other business values However, with more and more data coming through showing enterprises struggling to accelerate conversion and maturity of virtualization deployments, it is clear th... (more)