The Internet of Everything: An Opportunistic View from the Clouds

The Internet of Everything (IoE) describes machine-to-machine (M2M) compute entities that track and measure real-time data that can be used to build out a data history for analytics that could be used to optimize the quality of life. The opportunity is represented by devices used in a person’s everyday life that are connected to the Internet, have the ability to learn a person’s consumption behavior, and embody the goal to improve the efficacy of services and goods delivery and consumption. Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers says that the Internet of Everything could be a $19 trillion opportunity. 1 

Cloud computing plays a lead role in this large projected market, especially as the connected devices all vie for the same connected resources. Cloud provides the infrastructure, connectivity, web scale, agility, simplicity of use, and availability of services that the IoE can leverage as a framework. Cloud contributes to the connected ecosystem. All that data being generated is ripe for analysis, consumption, compliance, security, and protection. And as this marketplace is coming to fruition, the future of IoE is tied to the future of cloud.

Accordingly in a recent Cisco blog2, Gee Rittenhouse Ph.D. answers the top 5 questions about the future of cloud. Those questions are:

  1. When will all the major clouds support the same set of APIs?
  2. When will they support migration of data/workloads form one cloud to another natively?
  3. What comes after the race to the bottom in cloud storage prices plays out?
  4. When will we see a true cloud exchange?
  5. How can we be sure our data is safe in your cloud from prying eyes?

I invite you to read Cisco’s cloud blog post. It is listed in the reference section below. With respect to the IoE, I’d like to focus on question 4 and Gee’s answer. I completely agree that a true cloud exchange can only be delivered via a catalog with some of the features that Gee describes in his response. In fact, I’ve described that very catalog as an ITaaS Catalog, whose primary goal is to create a marketplace to optimizes services delivery and consumption. 3  This optimization and simplification of cloud services delivery and consumption is key to cloud adoption success and mirrors the one that needs to take place for the IoE success. 

In closing, it will be interesting to see the landscape that comes with the rise of the IoE and the cloud ecosystems that enable it. 

References

  1. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-08/cisco-ceo-pegs-internet-of-things-as-19-trillion-market.html
  2. http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/want-to-hear-ciscos-pov-on-the-top-5-questions-about-the-future-of-cloud/
  3. http://blog.gravitant.com/2014/04/11/the-it-as-a-service-itaas-catalog/

 

 

The IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Catalog

The following blog was originally posted on blog.gravitant.com.

The IT service catalog can encompass many things but at its core, there is: (1) self-service, (2) a ticket request and approval process, and (3) fulfillment of catalog items. The service catalog is central to connecting services to end user requests. It is efficient at fulfilling things that remain static for a long period of time and when those things are already in the catalog. Ask for something in the catalog and get said thing delivered after approval with minimal churn. But is that enough?

If that something is not in the catalog, then it takes time to go through the process to add it to the catalog. This involves an approval process, procurement and integration into the existing catalog. Many times, the business units can’t wait for IT to complete its due diligence so they go rogue by procuring from non-IT cloud offerings and end up casting shadows on the IT process.

The business like disruptive innovation waits for no one. And business units move forward on the premise that the rewards outweigh the risks. Those who are just keeping the lights on risk having those lights turned off on them. See Blockbuster. See any brick and mortar store without an online, mobile presence or strategy.

Agility, web-scale, simplicity of use and instant IT are needed to be competitive in the innovation landscape. These qualities speak to the consumerization of IT and are enabled by cloud services. Moreover, non-standard service catalog requests and the dynamic nature of cloud service offerings expose the lack of agility, flexibility and capabilities of traditional IT service catalogs. The traditional IT catalogs have to evolve and move beyond just maintaining the status quo.

IT service catalogs need to:

(1) Offer multiple service choices and provide guidance on best fit.

(2) Be dynamic to reflect real-time updates and changes.

(3) Be easy to use and manage.

(4) Provide capabilities to handle the entire lifecycle of a living order including   contextual design, governance, visibility and change management.

An ITaaS Catalog encompasses all of these core capabilities and allows Enterprise IT and their business units to optimize service delivery and consumption efficacy.

IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Catalog

IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Catalog

To learn more about the ITaaS Catalog difference, please view Gravitant’s ITaaS Catalog webinar at https://www.brighttalk.com/r/z6k.

Or request a demo by visiting www.gravitant.com/contact

Gravitant ITaaS Catalog Presentation

http://public.brighttalk.com/resource/core/34905/gravitant-itaascatalog-brighttalk-4-9-14_51665.pdf

 

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Hybrid Cloud All the Time

In this episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud, Todd and I discuss Hybrid Clouds once again. Hybrid Cloud is a recurring theme because it is where large enterprises, solution providers and government are headed to. This convergence is fueled by the need to avoid vendor lock-in and to become more efficient at serving customers i.e. improvement customer’s consumption efficacy.

Let us know what you think.

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud | Cloud Supremacy: Public, Private, Hybrid

In this week’s episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud, Todd and I discuss Private Clouds with VMware, Public Clouds with Amazon and race for Cloud Supremacy between the two market leaders in Private and Public Clouds respectively. We also discuss VMware’s Hands-on-Lab Cloud Performance hardening and Amazon’s statement around high performance on their Public Clouds.

Let us know what you think.

Thoughts From the Floor at AWS re:Invent 2013

I spent all my time during the conference hours at re:Invent Central aka the AWS Solutions Floor. So my conversations were primarily with folks who stopped by the Gravitant booth. My observations from these conversations were: (1) AWS is easy to consume but hard when managing multiple accounts and getting a handle on pricing; (2) Hybrid Cloud initiatives are in full swing; and (3) cloud services brokerage will emerge beyond a nascent technology in 2014.

See you in the Clouds because that’s where all services aim to be!

Gravitant at AWS re:Invent 2013

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I am looking forward to my first AWS re:Invent event. Come visit me in AWS re:Invent Central at Gravitant’s Booth #1012 to learn how Gravitant Cloud Broker helps cloud managers get a grip on their AWS clouds.

Personally, I am interested to see how the AWS community compares to the VMware community and what the current overlap is between users of the market leader in public cloud and the market leader in virtualization. I will be attending CloudBeers on Tuesday at 8PM at Public House at the Venetian. I will also try to get in on the Pub Crawl conversations.

See you at AWS re:Invent 2013!

 

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Every Day SMEs Are Shuffling

In this week’s episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013, we discuss our recent travels as well as their football teams’ current form. The net is that it is a journey and you definitely need to enjoy your time and experience instead of worrying about getting to the destination. The end is relative so make the means to that end count.

Let us know what you think.

Hybrid Clouds According to Me

I recently participated in a BrightTALK webinar session to cover the topic of Hybrid Clouds with a distinguished panel moderated by Cloud Pro Editor, Max Cooter. The first topic that we covered was the confusion around defining what Hybrid Cloud is and is not.

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To me, Hybrid Cloud is simply a mix of Public and Private Clouds, where Public Cloud is commoditized resources think Amazon Web Services and Private Cloud is customized resources i.e. the Cloud that your org would design, stand up and deliver your special sauce services with.

In this form, Hybrid Cloud is the deliverer of ITaaS. It leverages the commoditization, agility and availability of IaaS while incorporating the value add intellectual property of your IT and development teams. I believe that ITaaS is the new reality of IT and that the new success criteria will be encompassed by the services consumption efficacy, which will be covered in a future blog post.

Let me know what you think of my definition of Hybrid Cloud. I welcome all discussion and appreciate your time, thoughts and conversation.

Gravitant at AWS Re:Invent 2013

ImageIt’s been over two weeks since I’ve started at Gravitant and in that time, I’ve delivered content that would have taken months at my previous position. And this agility is such a blessing because whether the content succeeds or fails, the time vested is in short, measured bursts. This means that I’m always refreshed and recharged for the upcoming challenges. One of these measured bursts will be demoing cloudMatrix Cloud Platform at AWS Re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas, NV from November 12th-15th. 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you will be in attendance at AWS Re:Invent 2013 and would like to meet up or if you would like to discuss Cloud Service Brokerage and Management Platform. Looking forward to the conversations.

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Gravitated to Gravitant.

Gravitant

I am excited to announce that I’ve accepted an offer to join Gravitant. My first day is October 2nd. I will be Gravitant’s Cloud Practice Leader, a role that will utilize my contextual content creation, technical, marketing and social media skills while allowing me to explore new frontiers in my professional career. I look forward to working with my Gravitant teammates on delivering awesomesauce and making it easier for customers to join the Cloud Revolution.

Based in Austin, Gravitant produces cloudMatrix, the leading Cloud Services Brokerage and Management Platform in the market. cloudMatrix makes hybrid and multi-cloud services easy to procure, consume and manage; thus, enabling ITaaS, which aims to run IT like a business and optimize IT production for business consumption.

The key to ITaaS success is business consumption efficacy. ITaaS exists to move business forward. And business can only move forward when consumption is efficient and effective. Business consumption efficacy depends on availability, elasticity, measurability, self-service and agility. Cloud services provide these benefits but what happens when there is disruption to Cloud services? One possible solution is enabling availability across multiple cloud vendors to ensure business consumption continuity. This is one example where cloudMatrix can excel to enable seamless Cloud agnosticism.

Thank you for your friendship, support and conversations. I look forward to Cloudy connections, challenges and conversations.