Cloud Momentum Building in D.C.

The federal government's adoption of cloud computing is a lot like a boulder resting on a hill. It takes some work to get it moving, but once it starts, momentum makes stopping it a seemingly impossible task. This week should serve as a fair warning that it’s about to start rolling.…

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Social Media in the Enterprise

The enterprise social software market is emerging as one of the fastest growing areas of enterprise applications. As a young market it is full of small and dynamic players but existing enterprise vendors in the content management, communications, and CRM markets are taking notice. Social software is poised to not only disrupt existing enterprise application markets but also organizations and markets by flattening information flows. As users shift to new modes of communicating on the open web, they are pulling these new models into the enterprise and ushering in cultural and organizational change. This report covers the underlying technological trends, the market and its drivers, and a competitive overview of the vendors.…

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Will Storage Go the Way of The Server?

The storage industry is on the cusp of the biggest structural change since networked storage began to substitute for direct-attached storage a decade ago. Despite being one of the fastest growing technology sectors in terms of capacity, the economics for many participants are deteriorating. Several major technology shifts will radically redefine the economics of the industry leading to slimmer margins for all but the most innovative, software-driven players. In essence, the future of storage is about storage software that increasingly absorbs intelligence that used to be hard-wired in a proprietary storage controller and array, which in turn is increasingly becoming an abundant pool of commodity disks. It is the pace of this transition that is at issue. In this report, we show how the different customer segments and associated workloads will evolve at different paces, and examine the associated opportunities for both incumbents and new market entrants.…

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Cloud Security: Best Left Understated

Cloud security has received a lot of attention over the past few weeks as result of both the RSA Conference and the Black Hat Europe taking place in mid- to late-April. The RSA Conference, especially, got boatloads of attention thanks to the Cloud Security Alliance making its official debut at the event. And while I’m happy security is getting all of this attention — it’s a huge concern — I’m afraid the rosy state of affairs being conveyed by certain experts will actually have a negative effect on the industry.…

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Private Clouds Brighten the Post-McKinsey Gloom

You have to give McKinsey & Co. credit — its report questioning the cost efficiency of cloud computing has legs. It has been more than two weeks since the report was released, and the hits just keep on coming. The report has raised the hackles of public cloud supporters (rightfully so), and it has raised the profile of private clouds, which McKinsey summarily dismissed when it suggested virtualization as the on-premise alternative to the cloud.…

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VMware, Oracle-Sun Dominate the Headlines

It will take a long time before we really can take stock of the respective successes of this week's two huge events -- VMware releasing its vSphere cloud operating system, and Oracle buying Sun Microsystems -- but that didn't stop copious amounts of speculation. And why should it have? While both announcements promise to have profound effects, they also leave plenty of unanswered questions.…

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VMware’s vSphere4 Announcement: A Critical Perspective

VMware just announced a major refresh of its server virtualization product line, renamed vSphere4. VMware vSphere 4 aims to aggregate and manage large pools of infrastructure — processors, memory, storage and networking — as a seamless, flexible and dynamic operating environment. As the company's biggest announcement in almost three years, vSphere4 marks a big step forward. This note examines the primary objectives of the relaunch, as well as the implications for VMware's market position relative to competitors Microsoft and Citrix.…

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The Debate Over Definitions Rages On

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the debate over the definition of cloud computing has reared its ugly head again. From panelists at the recent VoiceCon event to GigaOM guest contributor (and AT&T VP) Joe Weinman, everyone's trying to define the cloud to meet their purposes. The venture capital community has jumped into the fray as well, and a new report from McKinsey added fuel the fire. Derrick Harris rounds up the various definitions at play this week, and points to some of the problems they present.…

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