Late last year I received a phone call from McKinsey & Co in regards to
helping provide some insights into the cost benefits of moving to a cloud
computing environment. For one reason or another we were not able to connect
to complete the discussion, which after the last couple days seems like a
shame because that very report has been generating a tonne of buzz.
The McKinsey & Co. report titled Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing was
recently made public and has been causing quite the uproar. Forbes, The Wall
Street Journal, The New York Times and others have all written pieces quote
the report saying "clouds are NOT very cost-effective"
According to the Forbes article, they (McKinsey & Co) conclude that
outsourcing a typical corporate data center to a cloud service would more
than double the cost. Its study uses Amazon.com’s Web service offering as
the price of outs... (more)
Ever get one of those random phone calls in the midst of your work day that
makes you think, huh -- interesting idea? Well earlier today I had one from a
guy looking to learn more about cloud computing platforms. Although it ended
up he wasn't specifically looking for an elastic computing platform, he did
ask a few very thought provoking questions.
What he asked was if there is a simple way to compare the performance,
security and quality of various cloud computing providers? He went on to say
that when comparing traditional hardware vendors it was easy for him to
understand the ... (more)
I'm pleased to announce that David Lie, a leader in the Cloud Security sector
has joined Enomaly as our new Chief Security Architect.
Currently on sabbatical David Lie is an Associate Professor in the Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Widely
regarded as a leading information and virtualization security leader, David
Lie received his B.S. from the University of Toronto in 1998, and his M.S.
and Ph.D from Stanford University in 2001 and 2004 respectively. While at
Stanford, David founded and led the XOM (eXecute Only Memory) Processor
Cloud Interoperability Magazine
Recently I asked a question on twitter, one I figured would stir up some
debate. (Which was the point) The question was "Does the CTO matter any more
with the rise of Cloud Computing or is it all about the CIO with data
As the founder of a cloud software company, I am the self imposed CTO. I have
no formal CTO training other then a passion for emerging technology. In a
company full of PHd's, I have probably the least technical credentials with
no formal post secondary education. As a CTO I view my job as the technical
leader. My... (more)
Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog
Defining what cloud computing is in itself a tough job, the lack of common
cloud methodologies and best practices is making the job even harder. Trying
to find experienced people with knowledge on how to build out a 30,000
machine cloud is nearly impossible, and finding someone who's deployed
hundreds is proving to be almost as difficult.
There is an old saying in the venture capital world that consulting doesn't
scale. As an entrepreneur I'm continually walking the line between making the
short term buck (consulting revenue) versus the long tail... (more)