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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)

Build Once, Deliver Anywhere, No Objective C Required

Last week I presented at the iPhone Developer Summit iPhone Developer Summit an alternative option of app development for the iPhone or any mobile device. The basic premise is to use the Tools or Development platforms you already know to modify or build applications that can optimized for viewing on the iPhone yet actually run on XenApp servers within the datacenter. The concept was very well received by non-developer IT Pro's and developers that are experts in other platforms, now trying to get their head around Objective C and other iPhone specific considerations. For the exist... (more)

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Opens Doors for Citrix Customers

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) announcement of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering has just made Cloud Computing more attractive to the enterprise. Most companies I talk with are interested in the “Cloud”, but beyond a few SaaS apps and perhaps some dev/test they are not ready for any big change to their corporate IT infrastructure. On the other hand many of those same companies are currently or projected to be capacity limited in their own data center based on space or power limitations. Many companies will opt to move or expand into a Co-lo (Co-location) facility which prov... (more)

Underneath Some of the Mobility Announcements from Citrix Synergy

Citrix announced a number of new solutions at Synergy that should be worth investigating for any company developing a mobilty strategy. One of the more significant products is Cloud Gateway 2.0. Traditionally Citrix has been viewed as an option for delivering windows apps or virtual desktops to devices that have the Receiver app installed, however this has left a big gap for companies that want to provide web apps, HTML5 or native mobile apps. Most companies have turned to MDM or MAM solutions as a way to secure and deliver these type of apps. With Cloud Gateway 2.0 Citrix has i... (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)