Tune into the Cloud: Harbor Lights

Tune into: International data transfers Travel broadens the mind, but data that travels too far can be stolen or snooped upon by foreign powers and that is something especially Europeans do not find amusing. This tune is about Safe Harbor rules. Or rather about the fact that these rules are no longer valid when itContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud: Harbor Lights”

Tune into the Cloud: Simple Plan

Tune into: Cloud Tactics The phrase that whoever “Fails to Plan” actually “Plans to Fail” also applies to cloud computing. Many organisations are therefor putting together a cloud strategy. The question is whether the establishment of a company-wide cloud strategy is the right way. After all, the use of Cloud is not an end but a means, orContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud: Simple Plan”

Tune into the Cloud – Ghost Town

Tune into: Hybrid While American Idol finalist Adam Lambert’s “My heart is a Ghost Town” is slowly moving down the international hit rankings, enterprises see something else slowly but surely turning into a ghost town. Namely their data centers. For many IT managers, this is still a bit of a shock. Sure, most companies stoppedContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud – Ghost Town”

Tune into the Cloud – Losing My Religion

Tune into: a cloud mindset One of the tenets of the cloud religion is that it should be possible – through the use of intelligent software – to build reliable systems on top of unreliable hardware. Just like you can build reliable and affordable storage systems using RAID (Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks). One ofContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud – Losing My Religion”

Tune Into the Cloud: The Story So Far

In 2014 I started publishing my series of “Tune into the Cloud” columns on the Gartner Blog Network, below some of the highlights so far: Something Got Me Started – Tune into: the need for speed On how time to market – enabled by ever more productive cloud platforms – is ruling the battle for cloud dominance,Continue reading “Tune Into the Cloud: The Story So Far”

Tune into the Cloud: Something Got Me Started

Tune into: the need for speed By now it is widely acknowledged that cloud enables a fast (agile) start. But more important than a fast start is getting results quickly. We are talking then about high productivity platforms, a category of PaaS. Funnily enough, several cloud providers – such as Microsoft and Google – launched a PaaSContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud: Something Got Me Started”

Tune Into the Cloud: Thinking out (c)loud

Tune into: Cloud Migration? Unlike in the current hit song “Thinking Out Loud” – where singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran declares his love to last to well into his seventies – it remains to be seen how long the love will last when it comes to “Thinking of Cloud”. IT loves are often short-lived. In fact so short, we call them hypes. AtContinue reading “Tune Into the Cloud: Thinking out (c)loud”

Tune into the Cloud: Price Tag

Tune into: cloud margins. One of the most famous quotes of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is “Your Margin is My Opportunity”. This illustrates nicely how in the world of Amazon (and in the words of UK’s pop idol Jessie J*): “It’s not about the money³, we do not need your money³, we just wanna makeContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud: Price Tag”

Tune into the Cloud: Cloud.forSale

Tune into market consolidation Last time I looked it was still there. The domain name: cloud.forsale. And more or less against my better judgment, I contemplated putting a bid in. Cloud for Sale namely makes me think of the somewhat melancholic House for Sale (Lucifer, 1975) about two people who started in good spirits towardsContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud: Cloud.forSale”

Tune into the Cloud: Atlantic Crossing

Atlantic Crossing (the precursor to today’s Cloud.forsale post) published originally as a Dutch CloudWorks column in June 2013. When reading the title Atlantic Crossing readers of this 2013 cloudworks column may rather think of American cloud services coming to Europe, than of the 1975 album of the same name by English pop icon Sir Rod Steward. However, forContinue reading “Tune into the Cloud: Atlantic Crossing”