Charting the Cloud industry landscape we can see a number of
principle categories of suppliers, ranging from Amazon dominating what is
mainly the enterprise web hosting market, i.e. high-volume web applications,
typically purchased by the developer directly for that single application,
across to IBM, Fujitsu et al who service the multi-million dollar traditional
IT outsourcing contracts signed by the CIO, down to the myriad of smaller
players who position as Cloud hosting providers but really the bulk of their
business is co-location and simple managed services, usually purchased by the
IT infrastructure team.
Hybrid Cloud Outsourcing
The intersection of the three is a super-hot sweet spot that can be described
as Hybrid Cloud Outsourcing, and has been the main category I have been
tracking development of because I believe it will usher in a second main
phase of gr... (more)
in their roadmap document: AT&T Domain 2.0 Vision White Paper, the giant
telco provider lays out their vision for the future of telecomms, SDN:
Software Defined Networking, and how it will transition to a Cloud-centric
model to enable more agile service development for key markets like the
Internet of Things.
One of the critical aspects of the evolving IoT is that the proliferation of
devices will drive an explosion of network traffic, as the ‘M2M –
Machine to Machine’ communications takes place to exchange masses of big
data in real time.
Not only will this v... (more)
By Paul Madsen, senior technical architect
The concept of single sign-on (SSO) is not a new one, and over the years it
has successfully bridged the gap between security and productivity for
organizations all over the globe.
Allowing users to authenticate once to gain access to enterprise applications
improves access security and user productivity by reducing the need for
In the days of mainframes, SSO was used to help maintain productivity and
security from inside the protection of firewalls. As organizations moved to
custom-built authentication systems in the 1990’s... (more)
As the impact of cloud technology becomes better understood and really takes
hold, organizations will need to restructure themselves to ensure they are
able to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to them and as a
result stay relevant and alive.
But to understand the impact of the future we need take a look back at some
vital thinking that took place in the late 1980s:
“we are entering an age of unreason, a time when the future in so many
areas, is to be shaped by us and for us; a time when the only prediction that
will hold true is that no prediction will hold true... (more)
At a pre-conference Meetup recently, one of the organizers waxed poetic about
how the cloud is changing how companies do business. His big example
was ZipCar, the car sharing company. His example was how Zipcar uses cloud
to deal with data.
But, I think he missed the bigger analogy there: how cloud is changing IT
the way Zip car forever changed car ownership.
Photo credit: Zipcar Mediaroom. What up, CFT headquarters in the background
Before Zipcar, a few large firms dominated the car buying market. If you
wanted a car you went to a dealership and negotiated a long term contract. ... (more)