cloud adoption

Executive Corner: Why cloud computing is simply good IT – an interview with Mike Hill, VP of Enterprise Initiatives

One aspect of my day job that I really enjoy is meeting with “strategic thought leaders.” I recently met with Mike Hill, who currently is Vice President of Enterprise Initiatives for IBM and previously was IBM’s Vice President of Business Transformation and CIO (see below for Mike’s biography). As you all know, cloud computing is getting a lot of attention from senior business and IT leaders these days. I asked Mike to tell me where our customers are seeing value in cloud computing and where it is being dismissed as the latest fad.

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Is there really a market for entry-level cloud solutions?

Many, many years ago I was sent some test code for a very basic web interface allowing self-service requests for virtual machines, developed by a single VMware employee in his spare time; looking back, this was the first time I actually "did cloud." And I liked it because it was exactly what I wanted at the time – a simple way to enable, control, and streamline resource requests.

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Cloud Computing: A New Paradigm

The only way we can contribute the improvement of new technology by using it so that we don’t miss the opportunities by adapting to the new paradigm rapidly as well.

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Jan. 12 #cloudchat: All about hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud was big in 2011 and no doubt will only grow as a major strategy in 2012. We figured to start out 2012, our first #cloudchat of the year should focus on hybrid, why it's such a smart choice for organizations, and how it's being used today.

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Executive Corner: Don’t settle for the check mark

Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #10 and was originally published on Nov. 28.

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Which businesses are adopting cloud computing first?

Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #5 and was originally published on Nov. 1.

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Migration to cloud: It is all about workloads

Three years ago, when everybody started talking about cloud computing, every application and system seemed to be a good candidate to be migrated to the cloud. It was a time when few really understood the implications of migrating business applications and data to the cloud… or maybe the hype of cloud computing eclipsed any possible drawback.

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Cloud computing in China

I visited two cities in China, Chongqing (重庆), and Beijing (北京) in October for personal purposes. Both cities are Municipalitites directly under the central government (or Municipality in short). Beijing is the capital. Chongqing was promoted to the Municipality status only 14 years ago in 1997, but its estimated GDP in 2010 had already grown to 723 billion RMB yuan (or $114 billion), more than half of Beijing’s GDP the same year.

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Attention CxOs: What’s your cloud adoption strategy?

“Cloud” is one of the 2011 top technology priorities. Its self-service, rapid scaling, and “pay-as-you-go” characteristics appeal to a wide audience of business and technology executives. When deciding where to run your applications – public, private, hybrid, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) cloud deployment models expand the choices available to you.

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Government as cloud provider

Most of the cloud discussions happening today are related to large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment. What about government, its institutions and agencies? Can the cloud model become a model for them, influence the way they work, their operations, and their efficiency? Will the government adopt a cloud model?

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Namechanger = Gamechanger?

Today, the underlying technologies (virtualization, automation, self-service) are becoming more mature; for the sake of better understanding - can't we come up with a different name for what we call today cloud computing? Would a name changer also be a game changer?

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Gartner Monday Session Recap

Some highlights of Day 1 at the Gartner Symposium this week.

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