Why IT Should Become an Internal Service Broker

In the previous blog entry we talked about IT becoming service focused. We also talked about the IT environment becoming more complex as, in an effort to reduce cost, services and applications are hosted in a variety of platforms. These platforms extend from the traditional environment, through private, managed and public cloud to SaaS services. …

Dissecting Cloud Functional Reference Architecture – Overview

This blog entry was originally published on the "CloudSource" blog in 2014. I was asked a couple of years ago to develop a Functional Reference Architecture to provide a common framework to discuss cloud and the HP offerings. I have to admit I scratched my head. How would I be able to build such thing? …

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. …