Thomas Bittman

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Karl Marx Would Be Proud

by Tom Bittman  |  March 30, 2009  |  5 Comments

But cloud computing doesn’t need a revolution – capitalism will lead the evolution of cloud computing. With only a few word changes, the opening of the Communist Manifesto could be easily inserted into the Open Cloud Manifesto, announced March 30, 2009:  “A spectre is haunting the cloud – the spectre of openness and standards. Amazon, [...]

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Will Cisco Unify Computing?

by Tom Bittman  |  January 21, 2009  |  5 Comments

Cisco’s public blog recently announced an architectural approach they call “Unified Computing”. There’s been a lot of speculation about Cisco moving into the blade server business and so forth. I think Cisco just made clear that in their view the network may be at the center of IT, but “unifying” it with computing and storage [...]

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Virtual Cloud Privacy is Gray

by Tom Bittman  |  January 8, 2009  |  9 Comments

What’s private? What’s public? What’s in-between? We’ve been talking quite a bit lately at Gartner about variations of isolation in a cloud computing architecture. It’s not black and white – it’s gray (aren’t all clouds?). Private cloud computing requires that the enterprise have dedicated data centers and everything inside. Public cloud computing assumes that the [...]

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Our Kids Are Pushing Us

by Tom Bittman  |  January 7, 2009  |  3 Comments

Why is virtualization important? Why is cloud computing compelling? Why is agility becoming so important in data centers? It isn’t simply about saving money – although that does help create a business case. It’s about our inevitable cultural speed shift, and it’s driven by our kids. When I was young, I wanted everything “now”. We [...]

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The Evolution of the Cloud Computing Market

by Tom Bittman  |  November 3, 2008  |  16 Comments

I’ve had a number of posts on the structure of the cloud computing market, (Can A Cloud Computing Provider Be Too Massive?, Is Google the Mainframe of Cloud Computing?, Partly or Mostly Cloudy?) and I’m getting more and more comfortable talking about three major phases of market evolution. Very simply, I think they look like [...]

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Does Azure Imply a Cloudless Sky?

by Tom Bittman  |  October 28, 2008  |  9 Comments

Is Azure a hopeful name? An azure sky implies cloudless, doesn’t it? No question, Microsoft would like cloud computing to go away. Selling gazillions of copies of Windows and Office, not to mention mere zillions of Windows Server and Server products has been a nice business. This whole cloud idea is ruining their bright, clear, [...]

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Partly or Mostly Cloudy?

by Tom Bittman  |  October 9, 2008  |  4 Comments

My head has been in the clouds for the past week or so – I’ve literally been working full-time on cloud computing. Cloud services are popping up right and left, and more are coming. Some of these are not cloud by our definition. But what about the ones that fit the definition, but barely? From [...]

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Is Google the Mainframe of Cloud Computing?

by Tom Bittman  |  September 26, 2008  |  7 Comments

I’m currently flying above 30,000 feet, well above a solid bank of confused clouds. Seems appropriate to think about the structure of cloud computing in the future. Conceptually, cloud computing services can and will be provided at any layer of the IT computing stack, from raw compute services to business process services. So, conceptually, a [...]

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Can A Cloud Computing Provider Be Too Massive?

by Tom Bittman  |  September 15, 2008  |  4 Comments

It’s an interesting question, and I’ve written about this in research and seem to have conversations about this topic with vendors every day. There are two variables that make this interesting – economies of scale, and continued technology innovation. One of the benefits of being massive is the ability to leverage huge economies of scale. [...]

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