Following several discussions with fellow bloggers and industry executives, I
found it quite fitting that the natural cloud leaders are the top software
and web giants: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. While Amazon's AWS is The
public cloud today Google recently reported that it is doubling its office
space near Seattle, just miles from the campuses of Amazon and Microsoft, in
order to expand its cloud technology team and engineers. Over two years prior
to these Google's expansion news, Microsoft reported that 90% of its R&D
investment was earmarked for cloud technology. Last month they finally
announced that that Windows Azure Cloud Services now support auto-scaling.
For these reasons and more, the following points will strengthen the trivial
perception that cloud technologies should and will prosper in the hands of
this software giant trio.
1. Develop Unified Platf... (more)
The ever-growing web as well as the `consumerization of IT` provide end users
with an abundance of options and full discretion. We now understand the vital
need to internalize the concept of spreading knowledge and information across
a variety of applications and platforms as a means to thrive. Fortunately, we
now have the opportunity to utilize multiple clouds.
There are various incentives when considering multi-cloud deployment,
including regulations, high-availability, and global presence, to name a few.
However, when looking at the main factors, two key words come to mind... (more)
2013 has been incredibly eventful for the cloud industry, mostly for making
itself an eminent presence in the mainstream IT market. Businesses of all
sizes have made their ways to the cloud, confirming my 2013 predictions.
Government agencies worldwide take the cloud seriously, as demonstrated by
the CIA's contract switch over to Amazon from IBM. AWS has proven its rapid
pace of innovation and has introduced great leaders who have completely
replaced the concept of sluggish IT servers with instances. While the market
is still relatively small, I believe it will take over the IT m... (more)
A while back, I was starting up an EC2 instance on the AWS cloud when it
entered an endless restart loop.
All the application deployment efforts we’d made (installation and service
configuration) over two weeks just went down the drain. So we called support.
The support rep redirected us to his team leader who simply told us that, as
indicated in the SLA, we had to abide by the shared responsibility model and
they were not liable for our loss.
The Shared Responsibility Model
Shared Responsibility refers to the responsibility of the cloud vendor, as
well as the cloud consumer, to... (more)
In this post , I will raise some basic questions and will delve deeply into
this topic to debate the common resistance to what I call "pure cloud
deployment". Let's begin with a leading question: Can't the hybrid economy
model live within the public cloud? From the enormous number of conversations
with top cloud thought leaders, CIOs, startups, and the like, it seems that
the answer is Yes.
I started my journey in the technology world only 10 years ago. I started
establishing an online cloud and SaaS solution for the SMB, and 6 years later
I was exposed to the great wonderful w... (more)