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2013 State of Cloud Computing

Our 2013 InformationWeek State of Cloud Computing Survey tells a tale of tepid adoption that’s both unsurprising and discouraging. To get at the breakdown between private/hybrid and public models we asked about not only SaaS, PaaS and IaaS but use of virtualization.



PaaS Buyer’s Guide

Eventually, the vast majority of Web applications will run on a platform-as-a-service, or PaaS, vendor’s infrastructure. The shift will be gradual – significantly slower than the move to infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers like Amazon Web Services – for ­several reasons. First, finding the perfect fit will take some effort.


Specialization v. Standardization

Compare a standard four-door sedan, the modern iteration of Henry Ford’s Model T, with a high-end minivan with integrated child seats, all-wheel drive, dual DVD players and 15 cup holders. If the minivan is right for you, it’s really right. If not, that’s a lot of money and efficiency out the window.


IT’s Attitude Problem

Cloud computing has widened the already pronounced rift between business executives and stereotypical IT throwbacks who think data is safer on internal Windows 2008 servers that get patched every quarter, whether or not they need it.


Why PaaS is the Future

Platform-as-a-service will become standard for Web applications. It’s time to evaluate your options and plan a migration strategy.


How Netflix is Ruining Cloud Computing

A laser focus on Amazon Web Services and seeming disregard for next-gen best practices could spell lock-in, and derail real IaaS competition.


Orchestration: 3 Steps to a Hands-Free Cloud

Virtualization let IT automate the entire life cycle of a server, from ­provisioning and initialization through steady-state and change ­management to termination. But this is only the first step on the path to fully coordinated, automated and managed systems. The ­ultimate goal: ­orchestration, where business needs can be defined and executed ­without human intervention. We’ll examine the essential elements of ­orchestration, focusing on public and private clouds.

Read the full piece at InformationWeek Reports.

Cloud Standards

The good news about cloud standards: They’re not as necessary as Internet standards were at this same point in the development of the Internet. The bad news? The cloud standard situation is a bit of a mess. We have standards-developing organizations creating cloud standards that aren’t being used, we have vendors creating proprietary APIs that are being adopted as de facto standards without anyone’s permission, and everything that even resembles a standard is more vendor-driven than anything we’ve seen in the past. Whether that will come back to haunt us remains to be seen.

To read more, please visit InformationWeek Reports: Cloud Standards.

Who has the best chance of beating Amazon for IaaS?

Amazon is the clear number one in Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings.  So who’s got the best chance of beating Amazon?

Read my full piece at SitePoint.

IaaS Buyer’s Guide

Infrastructure-as-a-service lets companies focus on their core competencies, instead of on installing and maintaining computer hardware. But with so many vendors in the market, how do you know which one is the best fit for your company? We look at 9 IaaS providers and 10 services categories to help IT pros answer that question.

Read More at InformationWeek Reports.