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Tune into: Hype Hopping About a year ago we tuned into “the need for speed” and how a concept like "serverless computing” was increasingly catering to this. We are now a year further and the term “serverless” is taking on unexpected proportions. With some even seeing it as the successor to cloud in general or at least as a successor to the clouds’ poorer cousin in terms of revenue, hype and adoption: PaaS. The question we need to ask is whether this constitutes an example of Hype Hopping: to effortlessly pivot to the next new thing once the previous one turns out to be just a bit less attractive and certainly a lot more complex then we all thought at first. The Gartner Hype Cycle has been calling this for years the trough of disillusionment, a valley that only the strongest of innovations manage to pass in order to reach the slope of enlightenment or even the plat... (more)

Tune into the Cloud: Chain Gang | @CloudExpo #SaaS #Cloud #Blockchain

Tune into: Decentralization More than with previous technological (r)evolutions a side effect of cloud computing seems to be an increase in the degree of centralization and concentration, not just within company organizations, but particularly in the wider commercial market. This is the most obvious with Software as a Service, where providers such as Airbnb, Uber, but also earlier cloud services such as LinkedIn and Google Search quickly established a ‘winner takes all’ distribution of market share and thus market power. And also in Infrastructure as a Service, we see an quickly... (more)

Tune into the Cloud: Total Madness | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Microservices

Tune into: Total Security It took some time but the need for Total Security Management is slowly starting to sink in. With regard to quality it took the western manufacturing industry several decades before it realized that a separate quality department – standing at the end of the production line to check which products did not meet the mandated specs – was a costly and disastrous path to take. And slowly but surely we are seeing similar thinking with regard to cyber and cloud security emerge. Not that we are taking cloud executives on today’s equivalent of a Japanese factory ... (more)

Nick Carr's 2003 Rules for IT Management: An Open Nerve?

If an article, 10 years after its initial publication date, is featured in several look backs, reviews, Q&As and still gathers reactions and emotional analysis, it can be concluded it must have struck a chord - or in this case - more an open nerve. In May 2003*, the Harvard Business Review published "IT Doesn't Matter" , an article by then still largely unknown editor "at large" Nicholas Carr. The premise of the article was that infrastructure has a diminishing impact on competitiveness and that IT was infrastructure (although Carr in the recent Q&A seems to indicate he meant IT In... (more)

Cloud Computing: More on Fabric Computing in the Cloud

In my last post I covered the concept of fabric computing and why it matters in the world of cloud computing.  With a "fabric" approach towards creating a cloud application, we include the virtual compute, storage and network components inside a fully software-based model of the service. This is distinctly different from a more traditional approach, where the various resources are added and configured one by one. In response to a comment, I also suggested that this new approach could be compared to a modern espresso machine.  Such a machine delivers a complete service (coffee!) -... (more)