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With a private cloud strategy and dynamic data center you can quickly respond to rapid business fluctuations. But how do you get there? This post was originaly published as thanksgiving weekend special at virtual-strategy.com. In the article I discussed some approaches for building a dynamic data center that not only addresses complexity and reduces cost, but also accelerates business response time, to ensure that organization realizes the true promise of cloud computing, business agility and customer responsiveness. Cloud computing presents an appealing model for offering and managing IT services through shared and often virtualized infrastructure. It’s great for new business start-ups who don’t want the risk of a large on-premise technology investment, or organizations who can’t easily predict what the future demand will be for their services. But for most of us with... (more)

Tune into the Cloud: The Billionaire Boys Club

Not too long ago, it took even the most successful entrepreneurs several centuries or at least decades to reach a valuation of a billion and thus become a member of the exclusive Billionaire Boys Club*. Families like the Rothschilds, the Waltons or the Brenninkmeijers have indeed built up impressive capital wealth, but because it took them several generations, it often became quite diluted among brothers, sons, daughters, nieces, and even third-degree-nephews. With the advent of first: IT, then the Internet and now the cloud, that time frame has rapidly shrunk. Today companies w... (more)

A Cloud Experiment @ ComputerTotaal!

ENGLISH: Started my one-time guest editorship of ComputerTotaal!, by far Holland’s largest monthly IT magazine. Goal is to make the summer edition (#8) one of the world’s first and largest experiments in cloud collaboration. Lead by 5 guest editors, reviewed by an editorial board of several hundred and with potential contributions from the 100K+ readership, the content of this edition is to be created and reviewed in, on and through the cloud. One of the aspects to be evaluated are the collaboration possibilities that Office 2010 and Microsoft’s consumer cloud platform such as Sky... (more)

VMworld 2010: Two Trends and How They Converge

You may have missed it in the flurry of news from Apple, but VMware recently had their annual get-together at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. On stage VMware shared two key insights: successful virtualization is becoming more about orchestration and automation than about hypervisors.  And, private clouds will rapidly develop into hybrid clouds. I agree on both but believe the combination of these two trends has some distinct consequences that did not get picked up by the media. Let me start with a disclaimer and some disclosure. I followed the event not on-site but through ... (more)

Downsizing, Rightsizing, Cloudsizing?

Many hypes in IT are just the same old idea, launched again, but with better technology and under a new name. Who remembers Larry’s original network computer? And who is just about to buy one, but now based on Android or iOS4? Similarly, we could say for the datacenter: “The Datacenter is dead, long live the Virtual Datacenter”. The danger of this approach is that we treat the Virtual Datacenter just like any new type of infrastructure and simply rehost our existing applications by moving them from physical to virtual machines (P2V). Just as we rehosted our applications from main... (more)