Thomas Bittman

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Why Are Private Clouds Failing?

by Tom Bittman  |  September 12, 2014  |  4 Comments

I recently wrote a research note to explain what we’ve been seeing from our client base. In thousands of interactions, there are very specific patterns for private cloud successes and failures. The top ten reasons (in no particular order) that private clouds are failing are: Focusing Exclusively on Operational Benefits: Thinking private cloud is an […]

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How to Create a Cloud Strategy That Fails Big!

by Tom Bittman  |  June 24, 2014  |  6 Comments

The elephant in the room is – everyone sees a different part of the elephant. Cloud computing is becoming widely adopted, and yet, there are very different schools of thought on exactly what “cloud” is all about. That’s partly due to the term “cloud computing” being used for a broad collection of services, delivered at […]

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Private Cloud and Hot Tubs

by Tom Bittman  |  February 28, 2012  |  3 Comments

Sitting in my hot tub with my wife in central Wisconsin in February made me think about private cloud computing. Why? I was perfectly comfortable where I was, but I knew that eventually I was going to need to get out and make a run across the deck through below-freezing temperatures. I was going to […]

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Mark Twain and the Open Virtualization Alliance

by Tom Bittman  |  May 19, 2011  |  1 Comment

On May 17, 2011, HP, IBM, Intel and Red Hat (as governing members) joined BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems and Suse to announce the “Open Virtualization Alliance”, or OVA (which means “eggs” in Latin, right?). Their stated purposes include “increase overall awareness” of KVM, “accelerate the emergence of an ecosystem” around KVM, and so on. Sure, […]

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Going Laptopless

by Tom Bittman  |  April 5, 2011  |  2 Comments

I’m a knowledge worker. I’m in Copenhagen, on business. My laptop is in Connecticut. And I’m OK with that. Now let me preface this by saying as an analyst, I don’t cover client computing, or PCs or tablet computers. I’m writing this as Joe Knowledge Worker. Even so, I’m going to avoid using product brand […]

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Embracing the Blur

by Tom Bittman  |  February 9, 2011  |  4 Comments

We’re having an interesting discussion inside of Gartner (due credit to Neil MacDonald, Lydia Leong, Cameron Haight and David Cearley for the ideas in this post – I hope they post further on this). The concepts here aren’t new. For example, in 2004, I talked about “the walls coming down” between business, the data center […]

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IT Operations: From Day-Care to University

by Tom Bittman  |  May 24, 2010  |  2 Comments

After spending the day discussing IT operations, here are some musings on the future of IT ops. Traditionally, IT ops has been responsible for managing operationally "dumb" applications. These legacy applications are like infants – they need constant care and feeding. They can’t take care of themselves, and they rely entirely on others to survive. […]

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Cloud Computing and Belly Buttons

by Tom Bittman  |  October 12, 2009  |  4 Comments

It seems like some hard lines have been drawn in the market over cloud computing versus on-premises computing. On the one hand, the proponents of cloud computing are promoting a massive shift of software development toward cloud platforms, designing for multitenancy and massive scale. No more software packages – just buy software as a service. […]

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Virtualization Unlocks Cloud Computing

by Tom Bittman  |  August 11, 2009  |  8 Comments

Few organizations that I talk to seem to understand the strategic ramifications of server virtualization. They tend to think about cost-cutting – virtualization simply as a form of efficient consolidation. We’ve surveyed our clients – those starting out on virtualization say they are doing it to save money. They are thinking tactically. Hey, there’s nothing […]

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Private Cloud Computing is Not The Goal

by Tom Bittman  |  March 22, 2009  |  6 Comments

Instead, it’s a stepping stone. It’s about embracing cloud concepts earlier, and about enabling the flexibility to use public cloud computing services as soon as they meet requirements. Getting some of the benefits of cloud computing, but contained within the enterprise. I had a busy week along the west coast, meeting individually with fifteen different […]

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