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 that "outstanding" in this context carries a dual
meaning - not just in the sense of fantastic outcomes, but also undelivered
The Facts Don't Lie - Or Do They?
Actually, the raw figures for virtualization adoption can be very misleading.
Every survey and study shows clearly that 75%, ... (more)
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)
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 ... (more)
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)