Amazon vs. Rackspace (OpenStack) vs. Microsoft vs. Google

A great article over on Network World running through the big cloud contenders in the marketplace.

It’s really interesting to note that complete cloud deployments are popular with startups but not the enterprise at the moment. The Enterprise space is going to be absolutely key and as I’ve already mentioned, the Middle East is hotting up at the moment with enterprise focused offerings.

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Software Defined Networks (SDN) in the Wild

Software Defined Network BrainI’ve seen a few articles around the emergence of SDNs in the past couple of weeks and I’ve been hunting around for some references of organisations that have embraced the technology.

There has been a flurry of acquisitions and funding for SDN companies relatively recently:

The market leader is considered to be Nicira so I had a look at their references page to see which companies were investing in SDNs and for what reasons.
From my research it looks like SDNs are being used to increase business agility at this stage. Where it gets very interesting is the potential for SDNs to enable more complex cloud deployments to exist and for customers to be able to provision these more complex cloud environments through self-service portals.

It’s this potential that has me excited. The ability to provision complex cloud implementations quickly means that the enterprise will be moving hard to the cloud as it offers the ability for a more comprehensive “total IT in the cloud” as opposed to one or two applications.

I’d be very interested to see some more details on SDNs that have been deployed and what real world user experiences look like to confirm if these more complex clouds are starting to exist.

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Community Cloud for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Big Data

A community cloud is a type of hybrid cloud that is tailored to a limited number of separate organisations with common technology concerns (or requirements). For the most part, the conversation around community clouds is centered around the government sector whereby different government departments, ministries or offices have shared national goals and common technology concerns around security, data governance and collaboration.

I’ve been thinking that another set of organisations where a community cloud may fulfill a much needed role is NGOs, charities and human rights organisations.

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Cloud Architecture (Part 3) – Service Delivery

This post is part two of a five part series of posts on what should be designed into any cloud architecture. In this post, I will be going into some detail on the service delivery layer of a cloud architecture which will include orchestration.

Part 1 can be found here and part 2 here. The entire series will be grouped under the Cloud Architecture category.

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American Airlines Saves $1.2 Million Annually By Eliminating Flight Bags

A really interesting article over at computerworld about the the American Airlines IT modernisation program. Quoting from the article:

Pilots will soon replace their flight bags with an electronic version that runs on an iPad. American estimates that eliminating the 35-lb bags from every cockpit will save the airline $1.2 million of fuel annually.

It’s not BYOD, but it’s getting there!

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Why Corporate Strategy Needs To Change

This was published in September but I’ve only just come across it now. It lists some interesting points around how corporate strategy needs to change in a cloudy world. I particularly like the part about just getting out there and doing it with proofs of concepts and demos rather than deliberating over PowerPoint slides.

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