How Does the Cloud make me more agile?

How does the cloud make SMEs more agile? Perhaps this question is best answered by understanding the three charts given below – The first figure shows the status of computing capability of a typical company before it has moved to the cloud. The blue line indicates the changing nature of demand on IT resources.  Sometimes,…

Economic benefits of the Cloud

Everyone says it is raining benefits because of the cloud. If I can take you back to the mainframe era, Thomas J Watson, the CEO and Chairman of IBM, who transformed the company into a global powerhouse of computing is said to have said in 1943 – What are these benefits and how are they…

Case Study – Windows Azure – Orion Energy Systems

It is all very well to talk of cloud computing. How does it really benefit companies in the real world? Look at this case study – The Orion Energy Systems Company was founded in 1996 with the purpose of providing an alternative energy saving lighting solution to other companies and enterprises. Having their base of…

Security, Rugged DevOps, and User-Centered IT

I responded to the presentations about “Rugged DevOps” with the question, “Can I join if I think that ‘Rugged DevOps’ is (or should be) a tautology?” I wasn’t trying to be a smart aleck. I do want to join. I greatly admire the work the Rugged DevOps folks have done so far. I think it’s…

DevOps vs. NoOps Misses the Point

I’m frustrated with the DevOps vs. NoOps debate. I don’t feel like it’s helping us define where we want to go. Instead I think we’re stuck arguing semantics. On the one hand, there seems to be a certain amount of violent agreement. On the other hand, we haven’t actually defined our terms. What does “ops”…

Cloud Computing is Lean Computing

Brian Katz thinks the cloud is “a pile of crap”. He bemoans the incessant debate about cloud or not cloud, private vs. public, and so on. Some days I’m inclined to agree with him. There’s certainly plenty of geekturbation going on. I have disliked the word “cloud” since the very first time I heard it. I…

Amazon is Not in the PaaS Business

Amazon recently announced two new AWS services: DynamoDB and Simple Workflow Services. These announcements have generated lots of discussion about whether Amazon is moving into the Platform-as-a-Service space. I believe Amazon is doing something altogether different from PaaS. I believe their new offerings are consistent with their historical path, and that their overall approach is…

Breaking Apart the Private Cloud Debate

I have been spectating throughout the ongoing private vs. public cloud debate taking place among the Clouderati. It often feels like watching medieval knights lumbering about the jousting field, sweating and grunting and smashing each other over the head with their maces. Recently, however, Christian Reilly mentioned the phrase “private PaaS”, which switched on a…

Defining DevOps from the Customer’s Perspective

There has been much discussion lately on the topic of “what is DevOps?” I sense a bit of a struggle to define the basic value proposition. If we view things from the customer’s perspective, though, the value becomes easy to see: Cloud computing turns software products into services. It used to be that software companies…

What CloudOps Tools Builders Can Learn from Software Designers

I have done both software development and operations in my career. I’ve worked for large companies where dev and ops were run by different Vice Presidents and startups where we all did everything. I’ve been working with cloud computing (or as we naively called it then, utility computing) and ops automation since the early 2000s. …