The business aspects of cloud: Part 12 – My little cloud cheat sheet

This entry was originally published on the CloudSource blog in March 2012. As this series slowly draws to an end, I’d like to share with you the key points to look at when thinking about moving a workload to the public cloud. Over the last year I kept collecting them in a little cheat sheet. …

The business aspects of cloud: Part 11 – Does the IT department own cloud computing?

This entry was originally published on the CloudSource blog in March 2012. A couple weeks ago I met with a customer who challenged me on the idea that the responsibility of cloud is not up to the IT department. They don’t have spikes in the demand for infrastructure and when something new needs to be …

The business aspects of cloud: Part 9 – And then there are the challenges of cloud bursting

This entry was originally published on the CloudSource blog in February 2012. Over the last couple years, I’ve asked many CIO’s about the efficiency of their datacenters. Most did answer me it was somewhere between 10 and 15%. In other words, on average, servers are performing valuable work two to three hours a day on …

The business aspects of cloud: Part 10 – 4 areas for innovation with the cloud

This entry was originally posted on the CloudSource blog in March 2012. Up until now we talked about cloud as a new way to deliver existing functionality. We discussed how to choose which applications to position where. But is cloud just a new way of delivering IT functionality? I do not believe that it is. …

The business aspects of cloud: Part 8 – Let’s Expand the Cloud Horizon

This entry was originally published on the CloudSource blog in February 2012. In part 3 of this series we pointed out the CIO should become a “strategic service broker.” In parts 4, 5 and 6, we looked at criteria to decide which services should be delivered by the IT department itself and which could be …

The business aspects of cloud: Part 7 – A cloud computing case study from ACME Corp.

This entry was originally posted on the CloudSource blog in February 2012. In part 4 we looked at criteria to decide which application to locate where, in part 5 we discussed single-tenancy versus multi-tenancy, and in part 6 we looked at different types of clouds we could use to host specific services. Let’s now try …

The business aspects of Cloud: Part 5 – Do you need multi-tenancy?

This entry was originally published in January 2012 on the CloudSource blog. In part 4 of this series I described how to assess applications and decide whether they should be hosted in a private cloud or a public cloud. One aspect I did not address was the one of multi-tenancy. Let me take a sidestep …