Barclays, in its global technology outlook, has reached the same conclusion: "We believe the deflationary impact from the cloud ($1 spent on cloud infrastructure actually results in several dollars coming out of other IT end-markets) should prevent IT spending from growing meaningfully in 2014 and 2015. ... We believe global IT spending will remain challenged in the lower single-digit growth range."
Thursday, December 5, 2013
In David Linthicum's latest article, he had this quote from Barclays to substantiate his claim that dollars will shift from hardware provider's to cloud:
Posted by Chris Claborne at 5:20 PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Last week we saw AWS VP James Hamilton talk about how they are hosting data, transactions, and raw compute for companies at a scale like we’ve never seen before. Then he gave us a peek at how they do it, using custom servers, routers, power substations and software in order to achieve economies of scale and deliver incredible capabilities for pennies. On Monday, Salesforce.com announces they are going toinstall HP servers for customers to use. So, Salesforce is going to kill it (profit wise) with big iron they are buying from HP. Hmmm, I wonder.
- Chris Claborne
- Chris Claborne
Monday, September 16, 2013
This article by Simon Bisson at ZDNet points out that the Apple A7 chip that was just announced as part of the iPhone 5S (and most likely will carry over to the rest of the product line as they refresh) is bigger than a lot of people think. I think he may be right. The implications to a more secure OS is delightful.
-- Chris Claborne
-- Chris Claborne
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Clouds Bringing Suite Rain (pun intended)
According to an IDG survey, top IT Mgt. continues to see value in cloud. The following is a portion of David Linthicum’s recent article on the topic.
Three takeaways emerge from this survey:
- Chris Claborne
Posted by Chris Claborne at 1:06 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013
I’ve been wanting to test out Amazon Web Services (AWS) Glacier storage service since it was announced in August 2012. If you’ve been reading my BLOG for a while, you’ll know that I am a little crazy when it comes to backing up my data. The attraction of Amazon’s Glacier is low cost ($0.01/GB) and it’s high durability (11 9s). I was waiting for some client side tools so that I could test (which I now have). Windows based easy to use clients came out pretty quickly, FastGlacier was one of the first and has since seen a major release in the last month. I decided to give it a try and backup my family and client photos as well as music. I think I have a strong use case for it and I’ve estimated that I can save $180+ per year by moving some of my archives to Glacier. So, I’ll save some money while I’m having some fun.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Mike Elgan of InfoWorld wrote an interesting article about what he learned by going all-in on Google Apps, gMail, etc. What's surprising is he decided to stay there.
You can't get the ultimate mobile computing experience by using nothing but Google products, but it's possible and enjoyable to use only Google products. I had a lot of fun with this experiment.
'm going all-in on cloud services, and sticking with Drive, Keep, and Docs, as I found them to be better than the alternatives I used previously.
-- Chris Claborne
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
[Updated 5/1/2014] In some ways, developers have done themselves a disservice in the tool department, like the shoemaker’s children going without shoes. As a cloud user for some years now, I’ve always felt it was kind of strange that I have to setup a complex integrated development environment (IDE) on my workstation in order to develop for the cloud. In addition, tools to push my code to the cloud platform for testing my cloud apps were missing. As a Google Docs user, I expect to have the same collaboration capabilities in my IDE.
This may be changing with the advent of cloud IDEs. Mark Downey, a Product Manager at Codenvy, posted a comment to Infoworld saying that “they believe editing the code close to where it is meant to be executed provides countless advantages that have yet to be explored.... it’s just a matter of time before desktop IDEs are completely obsolete.”
Monday, April 22, 2013
I, like many others, received a letter from OfficeDrop, telling it’s customers they were closing the doors on the company. To it’s customers, this means an eventual shutdown of their web software as a service (SaaS). OfficeDrop is a cloud SaaS company that allows it’s customers to upload PDF documents (normally scanned documents) and then search for them after they are indexed on the OfficeDrop cloud servers. The OfficeDrop service also allows it’s customers to send them the physical documents and then scans them as a service.
Posted by Chris Claborne at 11:06 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Will HP Moonshot Ignite or fizzle. Is this what cloud infrastructure is coming to?
2 days ago Why are these even user serviceable? If they are cheap enough and plentiful enough, just give me a rack with hundreds of them... if any fail, bypass them, the same way as we bypass bad sectors on hard drives. This will remove a lot of the cost/sheetmetal and maintenance. Just a thought!
Posted by Chris Claborne at 9:13 AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
According to a report published in McKinsey Quarterly, “Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture”, corporate performance can predicted by how much employees freely share information, ideas and help one another. Nowhere does it say that strong leadership, clear objectives and rewards aren’t factors but that the leading indicator is how much help and collaboration happens. This article from TLNT covers many of the basics, but I’ve never seen anyone publish research with this perspective.
Posted by Chris Claborne at 1:55 PM
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Do companies really know the total cost of local compute and storage? This article in USA Today (hardly a tech mag) suggests that cloud is only lower cost in the short term or cap cost, renting vs. buying. Cloud computing isn’t always lower cost but there are a lot of instances where it’s definitely lower cost. I get the AWS model where you can closely match your compute costs to your demand when your demand is spiky. What the article doesn’t cover is the TOTAL cost of local compute. It’s NOT buying vs. renting. Buying ties you down into a lot of long term costs.
Posted by Chris Claborne at 9:31 PM
Saturday, February 9, 2013
To truly utilize the new paradigm of cloud computing’s scalable architecture, developers need to rethink their application design from the ground up. To leverage the lower cost of on-demand scalability (ability to scale only when needed) of cloud IaaS, applications need to be designed to run on multiple systems and assume that there are multiple implementations of that function doing the same thing. Requiring a single instance of a class or function be running at a time eliminates scalability and introduces a single point of failure.
Posted by Chris Claborne at 3:50 PM