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PaaS Product Survey: Focus on Features and Ecosystem, Not Cost

By | July 1, 2015

A previous version of this article appeared on Tech Target SearchCloudApplications as Comparing features, tiers and pricing of PaaS vendors Cost isn’t the most important factor when evaluating cloud application platforms, but you must understanding the cost models Cloud services are supposed to make things easier for IT, application developers, business buyers and software users and they largely live up… Read More »

How to Use CloudTrail to Guard AWS Applications

By | July 1, 2015

A previous version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Police your public cloud with AWS CloudTrail CloudTrail is a powerful tool for monitoring and auditing AWS deployments, but as a relatively new service, introduced in late 2013, many AWS users may not be aware of its capabilities and potential.  As we summarized in this article on AWS… Read More »

Hybrid Cloud, Bimodal IT? Buzzwords Reflect New Ways of Building Services

By | June 16, 2015

IT analysts are like fashion designers, always searching for something new, even if that means recycling age-old concepts in new terminology. Yet the creative linguistics can often mask more important truths about effectively building and operating IT services. Like successful fashionistas, IT leaders need to stay on top of the latest trends if only to be prepared when… Read More »

AWS Logging Tools Simplify Automated Security Monitoring

By | June 3, 2015

A version of this article appeared on SearchAWS as “AWS logging tools provide extra security“ Cloud denialism is on the wane, but the most persistent excuses enterprises give for avoiding public cloud services remain a loss of control, security and visibility. These issues have been amply addressed and debunked, both by the cloud services themselves and independent analysts,… Read More »

EMC World 2015 Highlights: Building For The Cloud

By | May 27, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchSOA as EMC builds for cloud and next-generation applications EMC World is the company’s traditional venue for major announcements, but this year the company’s premier event for customers, partners, analysts and journalists included more than just a laundry list of product updates. Sure, there was plenty of new hardware, like a… Read More »

Calculating Total Cost Of AWS Deployments Is Easier Said Than Done

By | May 14, 2015

A version of this article appeared on TechTarget SearchAWS as Calculating the true cost of AWS application development Cloud services are an easy sell: the continuously declining prices, frictionless setup, low cost of entry, offloaded admin headaches and inherent scalability are a compelling combination. It’s equally hard to argue with the long-term economic advantage of warehouse scale computing in… Read More »

Haswell Redesign of Intel Xeon E7 Made for Big Memory Workloads

By | May 13, 2015

Note: a version of this article appeared on TechTarget: The Intel E7 v3 processor entered the ring against IBM Power and other systems. But will the new BI features be enough to take over scale-up workloads? Intel’s tick-tock CPU development strategy of alternating between process node shrinks and new microarchitectures has a long, consistent track record of product improvements.… Read More »

Going to the Clouds: Survey Shows Broader Use of Cloud Services

By | March 5, 2015

The move of IT infrastructure from internally owned and operated systems to central, online, utility-like services seems both inevitable and inexorable. But as I write in this column, those of us that expound the benefits of cloud services must calibrate our analysis and opinions with real world data about what actual operators of business IT systems are doing. Although… Read More »

Down, But Not Out: Still Time for IBM to Adapt to Cloud IT

By | February 17, 2015

Disruptive technologies are a time-tested means of upending the business environment. Remember Western Union? No, not the money order company, but the one that lost its communication empire to Bell Telephone. How about former business giants like Kodak, Motorola, WorldCom and most recently, Radio Shack, that once dominated their field and are no longer with us. All were undone by… Read More »

Why Bad News For IBM Is Good News Your Business, But Only If IT Exploits

By | February 8, 2015

The news from IBM, which has been uniformly grim for years, gives the impression of a venerable tech giant in a death spiral. I don’t succumb to such fatalism and believe Big Blue’s problems aren’t terminal, indeed my next column will offer suggestions for how it can adapt to the new world order of cloud IT. Still, there’s no denying… Read More »