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.

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Free Agents

The only constant in life is change. And it is up to individuals to deal with these changes. Such is the case for fantasy football teams who need to make adjustments after their fantasy drafts. Similarly, vendors need to make similar adjustments when highly visible employees depart their company. The percentage of departures are especially high after major conferences such as VMworld 2013. Big companies can cope by promoting within or hiring from outside but lose too many of these highly prized assets and it can drastically change the fortune of a company.

In this week’s episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud, Todd and I discuss IT free agents in the overall scheme of things. Let us know what you think.

So Say SMEs in Virtualization and Cloud 2013 | Defying Conventions at VMworld 2013

VMworld 2013 marked the 10th year of VMworld goodness. For me, this signified my 5th straight and 6th overall time attending VMworld US. It, also, represented the first time that I was free of Conference responsibilities and deliverables since I paid my own way. It was my best experience at VMworld ever and my gold standard.

In this week’s episode of So Say SMEs in Virtualization & Cloud, Todd and I discuss VMworld 2013 announcements with a starry appearance. Let us know what you think.