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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 of the largest cloud providers even evangelizes to its application development customers that they should assume that “everything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.  In fact their SLA only kicks in after a minimum of two zones becomes unavailable. Quite a surprising but none the less a typical cloud approach. Nowadays most of the large cloud providers buy very reliable hardware. When running several hundred thousands of servers a failure rate of 1 PPM versus 2 PPM (parts per million) makes quite a difference. And using too cheap memory chips can cause ... (more)

Tune into the Cloud: Simple Plan | @CloudExpo #IoT #BigData

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, or as the IT manager of a large Dutch retail organisation recently succinctly put it: “For us cloud is not a strategy, but a useful set of tactics”. Still, I get asked several times a week by various organisations to review their newly formulated... (more)

Tune into the Cloud – Ghost Town | @CloudExpo #AWS #SaaS #BigData

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 stopped a long time ago featuring their data center on a raised floor behind glass, right next to their reception area, but for many IT professionals a trip to the company data center still feels a little bit like coming home. I can still remember the disappointm... (more)

Dear Apps, Why Can We Not Just All Get Along?

Ecosystem could be "the word" of 2013, if only vendors, providers, ISVs and other technology conglomerates stop acting in a "This Town ain't big enough for the both of us" way. As an App user* I am increasingly amazed, affected and annoyed by what in my view can only be described as turf wars between various technology providers. Increasingly cooperation - that originated by a desire to have a quick time to market - is being replaced by outright competition driven by a desire to own the full stack. Some recent examples: Phone manufacturers replacing perfectly good map application... (more)

Cloud Computing Becomes Cool Computing?

In December InformationWeek’s Bob Evans started a contest asking their readership to come up with a better name for “Cloud Computing”. Reason was that the CEO’s of both HP and IBM recently expressed some discontent with the current name. Something about “Cloudy not being clear enough”. Not clear enough for what, for justifying really large invoices? And then we are not even mentioning Oracle’s CEO, who has been on a contra-Cloud quest for ages. The overwhelming majority of the 500 names the contestants submitted were acronyms, which make you wonder whether IT is truly beyond salv... (more)