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Cloud Expo 2010 I'm off to Seoul, South Korea next week, but before I leave I wanted to give you a little holiday gift, yes, the gift of my prognostication. Before I do, as anyone who routinely reads my blog will understand, all I pretty much do is attempt predict the future. As an entrepreneur that has always been a key part of my successes & failures. (That and I also seem to be an eternal optimist) Generally my view of the future is not shaped by selecting any particular point in time but instead done from what I see from my ever changing vantage point in the present. Cloud Expo New York will draw more than 5,000 delegates on April 9-21, 2010 at te Jacob Javits Convention Center Before I dive into my predictions, I first must give you my ideology. It is my belief that before you can predict the future, you must first understand the past. In turn by understanding... (more)

Cloud Pricing and Sales Models

Ask anyone involved in standing up a public cloud service and you'll hear the same story. The technology is relatively the easy part. The hard part is defining the business model aspects of your cloud service offering, more specifically defining sales models and pricing that works. Often you'll hear a variety of buzz words thrown around like econmies of scale or low margin / high volume business when talking about Cloud Computing, but for the most part competing based on capital expense and volume isn't a reasonable approach. (We'll just out spend our competitors, ie. Microsoft s... (more)

Examining Cloud Compatibility, Portability and Interoperability

Over the last few months there has been a growing amount of momentum around cloud interoperability. Lately it seems that a few in the industry have gotten a little confused on the differences between Cloud Compatibility, Portability and Interoperability. So I thought it might be time to take a closer look at the various terms and how they relate as well as how they differ. First lets start with Cloud Interoperability. As I've described before, Cloud Interoperability refers to the ability for multiple cloud platforms to work together or inter-operate. A key driver of an interopera... (more)

Examining Cloud Computing Mergers & Acquisitions

One topic that keeps reoccurring in my various conversations is the sudden interest in cloud centric M&A activities thanks in part to the recent IBM / Sun rumors. Being that I continuously find myself in the midst of a lot of the back room, off the record type conversations I thought I'd share some of my recent insights into cloud m&a. Without going into detail, lately for one reason or another I have become aware that several of the largest names in technology have put together "cloud M&A teams" focused on buying up both established cloud related companies as well as some of the... (more)

Cloud Computing and Per Usage Software Billing

The cloud hosting & service provider market seem to be becoming the key battle ground for cloud enablers formerly known as virtualization vendors. Following upon recent announcements from VMware and Cisco, Citrix has announced a Service Provider Program aimed squarely at service/hosting providers who deliver software services and hosted applications to end-user customers on a rental, subscription or services basis, A.K.A. Cloud Service Providers (CSP). The most interesting aspect of the new program has to do with Citrix's approach to billing. The program is designed with cloud bu... (more)