Clouds, Failure and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night

A couple of days ago, I posted some thoughts about the recent Amazon AWS outage. In the passing days, many others have written their own missives collecting their thoughts on what may have happened and the ensuing consequences. The opinions…

Cloud Computing Search Trends Show Growth and Plateau

There has been quite a bit discussion about the topic of Cloud Computing and specifically if interest was starting to wane. In discussions over the past year, I’ve used the term ‘cloud fatigue’ to describe how cloud came on strongly,…

Connectivity is the Cloud’s Achilles Heal…Sort Of.

Having written about the challenges for Road Warriors and cloud computing, I thought it a good opportunity to write about the challenges that connectivity brings to a cloud-based methodology. Some challenges are very real while others are perception. It is…

Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Data Center Efficiency

I've been part of a consortium lead by the US DOE and US EPA to develop recommendations in an effort to drive up the number of data centers that measure and report their efficiency. Today, the group published the first…

Leveling the Playing Field for the Startup and SMB

Cloud Computing is the number one strategic issue for enterprise organizations today (Gartner). However, it presents a new advantage for the Startup and Small and Medium Business (SMB) to level the playing field. Today, startups find it challenging to raise…