Enterprise IT has a disturbing tendency to get excited about technology
rather than architecture and planning, according to a recent posting on
According to InfoWorld's David Linthicum, this sorry state is quite evident
as cloud computing begins to take hold in the standard IT technology arsenal.
"The fact of the matter is that there are two worlds. One involves the hype
and good feelings about next-gen IT, such as cloud computing, that tells us
the technology itself will save us from the mistakes of the past. Then
there's the world of planning, architecture, and design that makes the
technology actually useful - despite IT's aversion to this crucial stage,"
The problem is not the fault of hyped technology, nor of those whom build and
sell it. In many cases, the hyped technology works. Cloud computing is no
"The blame lies w... (more)
Cloud Data Backup Makes Sense for Small and Midsize Businesses
With increasing data storage demands resulting from new content types - rich
digital media, social media and machine-generated data - small and mid-size
businesses have been challenged to incorporate sophisticated methods to back
up critical company data.
For many types of small businesses, it just doesn't make sense to go out and
buy all the storage hardware, software and services that were required before
the advent of cloud backup, which now has a track record of about seven
It is the right time for SMBs to ... (more)
Between cloud computing, big data and consumer IT, executives feeling
capable of making more of their own technology decisions. And with
the ongoing business pressures for speed, agility and innovation, executives
are eager to rethink and reinvent the IT department, according to a column in
the Wall Street Journal.
"Planning the future of IT by projecting today's technology trends into the
future is at best naïve and at worst dangerously myopic. The future that
technologists expect and want may not be the world that CIOs get. Shifting
social, economic and political forces will i... (more)
Rackspace, co-developer of the OpenStack cloud platform, has created a more
direct path for large, full-service IT providers to deploy the popular open
source-based software in large-scale private cloud projects, according to an
article on eWEEK.
Rackspace released three new blueprints, called Private Cloud Open Reference
Architectures, to fuel the initiative, which is designed specifically for
such companies as EMC, Dell, IBM, NetApp and Hewlett-Packard.
The new blueprints primarily are directed at Big Data-type private cloud
projects, which are ramping up in many different vert... (more)
A new survey suggests that as cloud moves into the mainstream of business, it
brings new sources of anxiety as well. This disruption and the dramatic shift
in cloud computing intentions over the past few years is revealed in
a report by Saugatuck Technology.
"Buying and deployment patterns have shifted rapidly toward a near full
embrace of the cloud, from the more tactical and point solution-focused
initiatives not long ago," writes Bill McNee, author of the report.
Saugatuck Technology conducted in-depth interviews with CIOs and CTOs at 12
large organizations. The CIOs and CTOs ... (more)