Category Archives: SaaS

Hard Choices Are Required When Adopting a Cloud Operating Model

When was the last time you’ve ever heard anyone say “IT Applications & Operations”? Frankly, in my 30+ year career in IT, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone use this term. The typical term we hear is IT Infrastructure & Operations. These two go together like Peanut Butter and Jelly, which tells us a… Read More »

SaaS Represents the Commoditization of Business Function

North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124 slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like this is very important because it provides tangible proof for our… Read More »

It’s A Multi-Vendor Cloud World

Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that only now beginning to be felt. Hardware and software vendors are starting… Read More »

Notes From The Field: Inside A Real World Large-Scale Cloud Deployment

I’ve been granted an incredible opportunity. Over the past three and a half months I have gotten to lead a real world large-scale delivery of a cloud solution. The final solution will be delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to the customer via an on-premise managed service. While I have developed SaaS/PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) solutions in the past,… Read More »

Cloud Should Be Defined By What It Will Become, Not What It Is Today

There’s been a lot of discussion about what makes cloud computing different than other forms of computing that have come before. Some refer to the set of attributes set forth by NIST, while others rely on less succinct qualifications simply satisfied to identify network accessible services as cloud, and others define cloud by applicable business… Read More »

Thar Be Danger in That PaaS

There’s a lot of momentum behind moving to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for delivery of applications on the cloud, but is there enough maturity in PaaS to deploy a mission-critical application? Here’s a story regarding one loyalty program provider that offers his customers SaaS solutions. This SaaS provider deployed his platform on a PaaS that offered SQL… Read More »

Cloud Multi-tenancy Includes Network Bandwidth

There’s been a lot of discussion about multi-tenancy since the arrival of cloud computing. Multi-tenancy is the act of hosting multiple non-related resource allocations on the same hardware. For example, with regard to virtual machine instances, the concepts surrounding multi-tenancy are multiple virtual machine instances all running on the same servers sharing the CPUs, memory,… Read More »

SaaS, Paas, IaaS: Which of These Things is not Like the Others?

There’s an interesting debate raging over at Focus.com (a newly formed site that is dedicated toward facilitating the sharing and exchange of information as well as provide access to subject matter experts). The question was posed, “Is Facebook a cloud?” Clearly, there’s differing opinions on the response to this question, which makes for good reading… Read More »

In Consideration Of Transitioning Email to the Cloud

So it seems that with regard to Kundra’s 25-point plan and the mandate to move three applications to the cloud in 18 months that email seems to be the primary target for the first transition.  The decision to move email into the cloud is a relative no-brainer.  Email needs to be ubiquitous, accessed across a… Read More »

Scale is the Common Abstraction of Cloud Computing

In my experience, for there to be widespread adoption and agreement over a concept, the semantics surrounding that concept must be unique and discrete. If the definition is too broad, there will be too much opportunity for dissenting opinion. NIST’s definition of cloud computing doesn’t really answer the mail when it comes to delivering a… Read More »