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It's been four years since our last economic bubble and eleven since our last technology bubble, so it's possible that another one is coming soon. Or not. Your guess is as good as mine. I suppose I could pontificate about why one is coming (hint: see Instagram @ $1B), but that doesn't help anybody. Instead, I've decided to create an open plan to take advantage of the existing hype in the market, across multiple vectors. So I've decided to write an open letter to Tom Scott, creator of Klouchebag. Dear Tom, Big fan of Klouchebag. Built in just a few hours. Hosted in the Cloud. Leveraging APIs to access realtime data. All the checkboxes for success in today's web. And it came at just the right time, since Klout has obviously jumped the shark with this article in Wired magazine. Not only does Klouchebag boldly claim dominion as "The Standard of Asshattery", but it plays ... (more)

Cloud Computing Drivers - Where is the Focus?

While I was writing this post about the linkage between vendor offerings and IT offerings, I started noodling on this circular challenge: Public Cloud Driver - IT People (dissatisfaction with IT services) Public Cloud Enemy - AWS Outages Private Cloud Driver - IT Competitiveness (business demands for better services) Private Cloud Enemy - IT People Lots of time and effort gets spent trying to debate the merits or failings of various technologies. Are technologists really spending their time on the right things? Maybe this is why Gartner has recently flip-flopped on their Public vs. P... (more)

Cloud Computing Predictions for 2012

This past week I was asked by Jeremy Geelan (http://jeremygeelan.sys-con.com/) to make some 2012 Cloud Computing predictions ahead of the Cloud Expo conference happening this week in Silicon Valley. These were a short list because they were being consolidated along with numerous other industry viewpoints. The complete list can be found here.  I plan to write a more complete list of predictions later in the year, but he's a preview for now (2011 predictions here): 1. PaaS becomes the overhyped buzzword for 2012, still needing another year to shake out competition in the market bef... (more)

The Changing Roles of CTO, CSO, CFO and Consultants with Public Cloud

One of the most fun aspects of hosting The Cloudcast (.net) podcast is that we take a completely vendor-neutral and technology-neutral stance on what we discuss and who we invite onto the show. Lots of learning and lots of great discussions. And occasionally we ask a few questions and find some interesting needles in the haystack that we didn't expect. [APIs, data analytics and the business models they enable are top of mind for me these days] This is exactly what happened on this week's show with Mat Ellis (@matellis), CEO of Cloudability. I had learned about his company while ... (more)

VMware's CloudFoundry Platform: A Fork in the Road to the Cloud?

Over a year ago, I wrote my initial thoughts on VMware's CloudFoundry PaaS platform. Over the past year, the platform has grown and evolved in interesting ways - new frameworks, new partners, new tools and new ways to interact with the community. But one question continued to linger. How would CloudFoundry connect back to the rest of the VMware portfolio? There was already some connections to the SpringSource framework and vFabric, but it wasn't clear if it would connect back to vSphere. Or should it connect back to vSphere? Cloud Foundry is an open (source) PaaS framework that w... (more)