Private clouds are real. It’s well past time to grow up and accept this.
Not every IT workload is most logically run in a cloud, now or in the future.
But, for those workloads where cloud is advantageous, it seems likely that
public cloud will eventually supplant both private cloud and hybrid cloud
deployments. Public clouds are getting cheaper, they are addressing legacy
regulatory hurdles, and they are increasingly meeting every valid concern
that IT buyers and users might have about entrusting mission critical cloud
workloads to them.
However, in 2014, there are still workloads or situations which are suited to
a cloud-like treatment but more suited to a private or hybrid cloud
deployment than to a public cloud. This may be because of the sometimes
prohibitive cost of running steady workloads for long periods of time in a
public cloud. It may be because of exist... (more)
Back in May, ReadWriteWeb reported on a Motion put before legislators in the
Canadian city of Vancouver. Duly passed, the Motion commits the city to three
closely related ‘open’ agendas;
the City of Vancouver will move as quickly as possible to adopt prevailing
open standards for data, documents, maps, and other formats of media; the
City of Vancouver, when replacing existing software or considering new
applications, will place open source software on an equal footing with
commercial systems during procurement cycles; the City of Vancouver will
freely share with citizens, busine... (more)
At the end of last month, I wrote about the new Semantic Link podcast that
I’m involved with for SemanticWeb.com.
We recorded the first episode earlier this week and it’s now online, along
with an introduction to the series from myself.
Please do have a listen, and let me know what you think whilst I work out how
to automate adding these to my sidebar on this site…
I look forward to lining up some great conversations – and guests – in
the year ahead. We will record and publish regularly each month. Where we can
agree a topic well ahead of the recording date, I’ll let you know via ... (more)
The Data Platform Group at Microsoft does a lot, from SQL Server and their
Hadoopey HDInsight offering through to Business Intelligence and analytics
capabilities which sit in or on top of the humble Excel spreadsheet. I’ve
touched upon pieces of this whole before, in a 2009 podcast on Azure with
Amitabh Srivastava (then Corporate VP with responsibility for Azure), a 2012
podcast with Piyush Lumba (Director of Product Management for Azure Data
Services), and recent short pieces on PowerBI.
In this latest podcast, I talk with Quentin Clark to get a view on how the
various pieces ... (more)
Cloud storage product Dropbox is one of those tools that users tend to rave
about. It’s deceptively simple. It’s pretty reliable. The value
proposition is immediately apparent. It has paid tiers of usage that bring
additional storage but (like other freemium beacons such as Evernote) the
free offering is rich enough to be compelling, engaging, and valuable.
However, as Apple, Google and Microsoft start bundling very similar
capabilities right into their latest operating systems, how can Dropbox (or
any of its many peers) manage to keep attracting new customers?
Maybe all the art... (more)