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Chris Fleck's Blog There is a lot of hype and reality in the world of Cloud computing today. On the hype side there are numerous data points; VC investments, M&A, data centers under construction, new conferences and events. On the other hand there are now many examples of reality as well. SaaS offerings like Salesforce.com and many HR applications plus web site hosting have established themselves as a legitimate part of the IT portfolio of many corporations large and small. Adding fuel to the fire is extensive press, analyst and blog coverage (like this!) plus books like Nicholas Carr's book The Big Switch. It definitely feels like we are in the Hype cycle. Will traditional corporate IT really move dramatically to the cloud as Carr predicts? I think a lot of the answer comes down to control and customization .... or lack of it. SaaS Cloud offerings can work great if t... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics, Part One

Chris Fleck's Blog The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. Below is a simple comparison of Amazon EC2 vs. purchasing a set of servers for development purposes ( I have added some additional costs and scenarios). This example also assumes the servers fit in existing space and either environment would be managed by exi... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics, Part Two

Chris Fleck's Blog As described in part 1 of this blog series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. (Pointed out by Michael Keen and Billy Marshall as well). Perhaps this is not very surprising to many, but it does help to look at the numbers to put it in perspective. The largest Intrinsic cost advantage of the ... (more)

Is the iPhone Now Enterprise Ready with Citrix Receiver 2.0?

If you run an IT shop today you probably fall into one of two categories: A. You already allow employee access from an iPhone ( supported or not ) or B. You are constantly barraged with employee requests to allow iPhone access ( and the employee might be your boss or the CEO ). If you are in camp A and already allow email access you may also be frequently scanning the net for the latest iPhone vulnerability and perhaps training employees on the use of Passcode Lock and Auto-Lock features. You are also probably getting requests for access to more company apps and data beyond just... (more)

Motorola ATRIX - Next Killer Consumer Smartphone to Enter the Enterprise?

Everyone knows that the iPhone cracked open the lockhold that Blackberry had on corporate enterprise. There still are holdouts but they are converting quickly as executives bring iPhones and iPads to work and mandate IT support. Even though Android shipments are impressive, the numbers supported by corporations are still a niche compared to Blackberry or iPhone. The new ATRIX smartphone may change all that. Motorola calls it the world's most powerful smartphone, which based on the specs is defendable. Others call it the NirvanaPhone based on a new feature that allows the phone to... (more)