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As you may be aware Amazon AWS US-EAST-1 experienced two outages in June that resulted in widespread service interruptions and significant downtime for AWS marquis customers such as Netflix, Pinterest, Istagram, Heroku. While some of the Cloud community and analyst community may rationalize the outages in an attempt to “protect Cloud” my approach is to take a hard line with Amazon and to place the outages squarely in Amazon’s court. In my opinion the outages were avoidable and that Amazon’s datacenters suffered from a design or engineering flaw that resulted in not just one but two outages in June. And beyond the technical reasons for directing the issue to Amazon, my understanding is that effective public relations in the face of serious events is to accept responsibility, and work to remedy the issue so it doesn't happen again. For the Cloud to evolve into an enterp... (more)

The Cloud Cost Question and What Doesn't Fit into the Usual Debates

The cloud community and anyone with an opinion if not immediately, periodically and frequently gravitate to the question of cost. Is it more? Is it less? Are we being wasteful? Are we being too frugal? Will Google and AWS drive the price of storage to zero? Can we scrunch the market forces of Cloud into a theoretical framework we already understand? And yet just as cost of computing has been accounted for poorly when assessed in the corporate data center, when similar measures are applied to Cloud, Cloud becomes subject to the same Procrustean Bed as the corporate data center. ... (more)

Big Data: How Can Data Providers Position Themselves for Growth?

Ideas for Maximizing Revenue and Positioning and Accelerating the Adoption of On-Demand Data and Integration as a Service 1) Publish pre-built integration components to sites, or communities such as: a. Heroku Add-ons http://addons.heroku.com/ Reason. Developers of many types of applications, not the least of which include Facebook platform games, develop Facebook applications on the Heroku platform. Currently some data providers sell fantasy football and other types of gaming data, yet I don't see integration components available from either firm offered in the the Heroku, Boomi, ... (more)

Big Data Gold Mine in Cloud Governance and Automation

I've been working on Enterprise Cloud Strategy and in the course of this work identified some interesting and non-obvious opportunities in the Cloud. One solution I’ve examined is the well-crafted solution that is enStratus. enStratus has built a SaaS Cloud Management / Governance product focused on providing critical management, monitoring, governance capabilities tailored to the needs of the Global 2000 market, rather than the startup market. As I have worked with a current Fortune 500 client to identify Cloud solution components, my assessment is that enStratus is uncannily we... (more)

What Movers in the Cloud Stand to Win in the $444B SMB Market Space

While much discussion of the cloud assumes the needs and concerns of large enterprises will determine how the cloud evolves, in fact AAPL, MSFT, DELL, AMZN signal that the migration of the fragmented $444B annual SMB tech spend from small datacenters to the cloud will redefine the industry far sooner and on a more sweeping and final scale than presently anticipated. The move of the SMB may determine the winners and losers long before the enterprise has made a significant investment. While "smokestack" and "brick and mortar" firms remain highly susceptible to "oil price shock," e... (more)