Thomas Bitman of Gartner wrote a blog post last year about why OpenStack
projects fail. In that article, he outlined three particular metrics which
together cause 60% of OpenStack projects to fall short of expectations:
Wrong people (31% of failures): a successful cloud needs commitment both from
the operations team as well as from "anchor" tenants. Wrong processes (19% of
failures): a successful cloud automates across silos in the software
development lifecycle, not just within silos. Wrong metrics (10% of
failures): a successful cloud focuses on top line transformation by
accelerating delivery of innovative applications and services, not merely on
squeezing bottom line costs.
"Agile clouds need agile processes - and people are your biggest
supporters,or your biggest roadblocks." - Thomas Bitman
Many OpenStack projects start as technology pilots with pa... (more)
When virtualization took the data center, it offered huge cost savings for IT
ops and zero migration pain for developers. Coming at a time when IT was
being pressed by the business for savings, vSphere took the data center by
This example is instructive when trying to consider why private cloud has had
a slower adoption. The short answer is that cloud offers fuzzier benefits for
IT ops while forcing a lot of pain on developers.
The lack of a smooth migration path for existing workloads to the cloud goes
a long way to explain the relatively bumpy growth of the private cloud... (more)
Agile IT has been widely heralded (and equally widely decried) as a way to
align the pace of change in IT with the pace of change in the broader
At its core, Agile IT is making the very basic point that if in house IT
cannot keep pace with the business there are a rapidly increasing number of
cloud and SaaS providers for whom that is not a problem.
In short, IT must innovate around time-to-market or die a death of a thousand
credit card cuts as individual developers outsource the IT they need to
Amazon and other public cloud providers.
But what is the core activity tha... (more)
Internet Explorer, particularly versions 6 and before, are the bane of any
web developer's existence. The Internet Explorer versions Microsoft produced
during the competion-free era between when Netscape died and Firefox came on
the scene are masterpieces of monopolistic neglect. IE 5 and IE6 are slow,
proprietary and just plain awful to work with.
Worst of all, Microsoft guaranteed themselves longtime domination of the
corporate browser market through this cynical behavior because all the web
apps built for IE 5 and 6 are so full of hacks that they won't run on
"modern" browsers... (more)
Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud
computing covered by Ben Worthen (with further comments from Daya Baran, Giva
Perry and Dan Farber) . Here is a quote from Larry:
The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud
computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything
that isn't cloud computing... The computer industry is the only industry that
is more fashion-driven than women's fashion.
Now as usual with big whoppers told by people in fear of their checkbooks,
Larry's rant has an element of truth.... (more)