Tune into the Cloud: Dock of the Bay
For this New Year’s edition of Tune into the Cloud I spend a quiet,
sunny morning sitting on the dock of a harbor bay – thinking of Otis
Redding – to look at the incoming and outgoing streams into our little
country called cloud. But basically I saw only one thing go by, namely:
No trend is currently as hot as containers and particularly the popular
container management system Docker. Although arguably just maturing, it has
already reached almost mythical proportions of cloud hype. Docker
would make virtualization superfluous, replace PaaS all together and thanks
to unparalleled portability will put a final end to decades of platform
and vendor lock-in. As a result there currently is no start-up or cloud
provider who has not incorporated Docker prominently in its 2015 strategy.
But is Docker really the cure that h... (more)
Despite valiant efforts of the Dutch ICT association, the local ministry of
economic affairs and tireless encouragement from (now former) EU Commissioner
Neelie Kroes, my home country, the Netherlands, has been struggling to gain
cloud momentum. Not an uncommon characteristics in Europe but a sharp
contrast to the US, but also to Dutch progress in the music scene.
The music industry – especially the dance segment – is in fact
increasingly being dominated by Dutch names. After Tiesto, Armin van Buren
and Ferry Korsten now tracks from Afrojack, Dash Berlin, Nicky Romero, Fedde
Given the giant cloud of volcanic dust still passing over Europe I could have
also titled this blog "The cloud strikes back", but that is not the topic of
this "the cloud changes everything" blog. It also has nothing to do with my
earlier topics on Lean IT and Lean manufacturing. Lean Back and Lean Forward
were the guiding principles for developers of Interactive Television.
The idea being that TV is typically enjoyed leaning back, while computers are
typically used leaning forward.
Of course we all know that interactive television so far has been as
successful as the NEXT comput... (more)
Earlier this month the Times ran its regular "Cloud for Business" insert, in
which I was asked to write a column on "Cloud for Digital Business" (see full
text here). For reference I included below the piece on "The future of Cloud
Computing" that it ran in an earlier edition. An item called:
Cloud Spotting is the Shape of Things to Come.
When asked to write a column with an ambitious title like “The future of
the cloud”, it is a good idea to look first at where cloud is at the moment
and to realise that it is still very early days. Today, of the $2.7 trillion
that global business ... (more)
Just back from Gitex (more about this later) and it is only one week to go to
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, which starts Monday November 1st. I will be
speaking in track 4 “Real-World Cloud Computing & Virtualization” on
Wednesday at 6:25 PM (the cloud is no 9-5 affair) about How Cloud and
Virtualization Are Changing the Way Business and IT Will Interact.
After speaking about this in Prague in June I was invited to give my
perspectives also at the event in Santa Clara. Only 5 months have passed, but
in cloud terms that is a life time. Come by and check out what has changed.
If you c... (more)