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Cloud Computing 2011, through my binoculars

By Subraya Mallya

2010 was a blockbuster year for Cloud Computing, no two ways about it. The year started with naysayers pooh-poohing Cloud Computing as YATF (Yet Another Technology Fad) only to come back and endorse cloud with a backhanded compliment albeit calling it Private Cloud. A lot was achieved in terms of bringing down the hurdles that […]

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NextGen enterprise – all cloud all the time

By Subraya Mallya

Cloud Computing has created enough of a challenge for companies. On the one hand, they have investments made into traditional on-premise technologies which has developed firm roots in the enterprise, thanks to all the customization, resources etc. On the other hand they see these new Cloud solutions, all of which they wished their existing vendors […]

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A blockbuster year for jargon creep in Cloud

By Subraya Mallya

As we end the year 2010, a year that can be considered as  a blockbuster year for Cloud Computing, I thought it was time to take a look back. The rhetoric around “True” Cloud and “False” Cloud is still bustling along with gay abandon. The year began with Larry Ellison chiding – “What the hell […]

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Facebook repeats Google’s mistake

By Subraya Mallya

Today when I logged into Facebook to accept an invite from an old friend, I was surprised by an invitation from Facebook to accept their email. I am told they are still in the “Invite Only” phase of granting email address. They had already generated an email address for me. I tried to see if […]

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Force.com sheds the proprietary tag…almost

By Subraya Mallya

As I write this post from DreamForce, my second year attending the event, the buzz here is incredible. The last two days have seen a slew of announcements from Salesforce.com. Being a showman is definitely not something Marc Benioff would complain being tagged as. Force.com for all the accolades still carried the tag of being […]

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Crisis Management in Cloud = Courage under Fire

By Subraya Mallya

Service Levels have always been a critical business continuity metric that companies have tracked. This has been true even through the years when companies managed their entire technology portfolio themselves. With technologies increasingly moving to cloud, SLAs and the Recovery Metrics (RTO and RPO) are more critical for both the service provider and service consumers. […]

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Cloud Standards or Innovation – take your pick

By Subraya Mallya

Last week I attended CloudExpo West in Santa Clara and had an opportunity to listen to many sessions, talk to quite a few vendors and those seeking cloud solutions. Amongst other things, lack of standards repeatedly came up as one the gating issues for wider adoption of Cloud in enterprises. I have continuously maintained that – Cloud […]

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Top SaaS Bloggers

By Subraya Mallya

I know there have been other Top bloggers lists that have been created elsewhere. But there have been a few bloggers that I have been following who probably don’t care about being in any lists whatsoever. But don’t confuse that with the passion they have for Cloud Computing and SaaS. They come from different trades […]

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Netflix’s move to Amazon EC2 – explained

By Subraya Mallya

Last week I attended a presentation by Adrain Cockcroft (@adrianco), Cloud architect behind Netflix’s amazing move to Amazon EC2 infrastructure.  Check out the video of the 90 minutes long presentation. It was an excellent presentation with a good mix of technical and business areas covered. (Besides that Netflix also sponsored large number of Pizzas for […]

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Multiple Personalities of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

By Subraya Mallya

Cloud Computing has slowly but surely seeped into every aspect of technology. All the Cloud-in-a-box, not-in-a-box, babble notwithstanding, there has been steady progress made on multiple fronts.  With the challenges around Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) all but conquered, technology vendors have firmly and steadily moved up the stack to kill the Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS) monster. In attacking the multitude […]

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Cloud – You Bastard !!

By Subraya Mallya

The bastardization of term Cloud has exceeded all expectations and then some. It has gotten so crazy that not a single technology discussion goes by without someone tossing around the word Cloud but has no innate association with the real Cloud. If the technology geeks debating about it is not funny enough we have clowns […]

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Oracle shares its cloud logic with Exalogic

By Subraya Mallya

Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Public Cloud – the resounding noise of everyone trying to define their version of Cloud Computing just got a whole lot louder. With Larry publicly chiding the “Cloud-Washing” by wannabe cloud vendors, Oracle was in a bind. They could not simply turnaround and come out with their own cloud offerings. Now […]

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Cloud Computing arms race in full tilt

By Subraya Mallya

The world is still wrestling with the after effects of the economic downturn, high unemployment, budget deficits galore across states, towns. Oblivious to all these worldly challenges the technology industry seems to be charging ahead. In what could be tipped as the Cloud Computing arms race, large technology companies like HP, IBM, Oracle, Dell, Cisco, […]

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Would a Red Hat look good on that Rackspace?

By Subraya Mallya

The recent announcement by Rackspace and their partners announcing the OpenStack, Open Source Cloud platform got me thinking. While I am still a skeptic, when it comes to the technology industry coming together and defining a common standard that all the vendors stood behind (as I wrote in my previous post), there are still ways […]

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Will Open Source Cloud be the rainmaker?

By Subraya Mallya

Rackspace and NASA announced a Open Stack, an open source open standards based Cloud platform. To make it worthy of your attention, they have also enlisted Intel, Dell,  AMD, Citrix and a host of other smaller tool vendors into the program as supporters of this initiative. The OpenStack will be available in an Apache 2.0 […]

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Microsoft Azure in review mirror is closer than it appears

By Subraya Mallya

Microsoft has never been known to be the first mover in any new technology or product. If anything, they end up being the last entry into any new burgeoning technology area. Case in point, Office applications, Database, ERP, Web Search, Game Devices and now Cloud. But also true is the fact they don’t stay last […]

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EMC gets into Database Management

By Subraya Mallya

Storage leader EMC, the original acquirer par-excellence is at it again. Today they announced the acquisition of Greenplum to get into Cloud Computing and specifically database management. For a company that started out as a furniture reseller (I bet you did not know that !), they made successful transition into memory disk drives and eventually […]

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Penetration Testing

By Subraya Mallya

Penetration Testing is a process wherein you simulate the actions of a real hacker. A series of activities, aimed at various parts of a IT infrastructure, are performed to gain access to the data and network devices that one should not be having access to. The activities conducted during a penetration testing could assume the […]

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Intrusion Detection

By Subraya Mallya

Intrusion Detection is the process by which you determine if there has been attempts to gain authorized access to data or application that is deemed as confidential. The source of  intrusion could be through any of the following means application, either through Unauthorized Accounts, SQL injection, URL hacking or cracking passwords network infrastructure, through open […]

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Two products Microsoft should set free into Cloud

By Subraya Mallya

As with all monolithic technology companies Microsoft has had its challenges embracing Cloud and making big strides there. While they have got their feet wet by releasing the Microsoft Azure Platform as both a Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS)  and Infrastructure-as-a-Service(IaaS) offering, they still resonate more with the Private Cloud believers. (I firmly vouch my support a fully public […]

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CloudLock – Unstructured Data Governance

By Subraya Mallya

Note: Aprigo has since changed its name to CloudLock. So any reference to Aprigo is just for history. If Data Overload, Fileshare sprawl, Data Breach, Regulatory Compliance are part of your day-to-day jargon at work then this should interest you. In this age of exponential growth of information, dynamic global workforce, companies have had to […]

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Apprenda Express: Expressway to get there

By Subraya Mallya

Apprenda, the leading hybrid cloud Platform-as-a-Service for building .NET based  applications, announced the release of their free community edition Apprenda Express yesterday. I think this is the first of its kind where a company is releasing a complete SaaS platform that ISVs can download and start building their SaaS application. In my discussion with Sinclair […]

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SaaS Space quotas: Penny-wise, Pound-Foolish?

By Subraya Mallya

I was part of a small group of SaaS/Cloud leaders who got together to talk about Pricing strategies, organized by Lincoln Murphy (@lincolnmurphy). The group consisted of founders of early stage startups that were comparing notes with fellow startup leaders, on various pricing strategies that worked for them and virtues of each of them. Amongst […]

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Migrate Your Application to Cloud: Practical Top 10 Checklist

By Subraya Mallya

The internet is littered with top 10 lists advising of the considerations for the cloud, which primarily are designed to help you decide if you should move to the cloud or not. But once you have made the important decision to migrate your app to the cloud, the below offers a list of important things […]

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Did you get Ning-ed?

By Subraya Mallya

In their quest for profitability, Ning recently announced that they will end the free service and become a 100% paid service. You can read the detailed announcement from the CEO Jason Rosenthal here. The writing was on the wall that big changes would be coming after Founder, CEO Gina Bianchini quit her job and Rosenthal […]

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Are you on Cloud 9?

By Subraya Mallya

Startups are a rage in emerging economies. Look at India, China or Brazil, you will find hundreds of startups sprouting all across the country. It just has become so easy to start and market a web business (even in developing countries) – increased broadband penetration, inexpensive computers, smart-phones, easy access to the Internet, free-for-all social […]

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CloudConnect 2010 Quick Recap

By Subraya Mallya

Last week was cloudy in Silicon Valley and more so around the Santa Clara Convention center with Cloud Connect 2010. By the end of the conference anyone who had clouded thoughts should have walked way with the notion that this “Cloud Thing” is real and is here to stay. Yours truly had a front seat […]

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Graduating Cloud to the Enterprise: Platform-as-a-Service

By Subraya Mallya

In my previous post in this series Graduating Cloud to the Enterprise, I covered Infrastructure-as-a-Service and highlighted some of the key gating factors for mass adoption by large enterprises. In this post I will analyze the benefits and challenges of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). To give you good sense of what Platform-as-a-Service would mean I will start […]

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Graduating Cloud to the Enterprise: Infrastructure-as-a-Service

By Subraya Mallya

Companies large and small added Cloud Computing as an agenda item to every key decision they made around IT last year. As companies continued to combat the budget pressures stemming from the financial downturn the cost-efficiencies delivered by SaaS, PaaS, IaaS are becoming increasing irresistible. These topics are no longer fancy acronyms that are restricted […]

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Hunter and Farmer sales model

By Subraya Mallya

A sales model typically used in Software-as-a-Service businesses to structure the sales organizations. In this model, the sales force is divided into two groups,  Hunters, who charter is to find and bring new customers and Farmers, whose responsibility it is to build relationships, nurture them and identify opportunities to upsell into those customers. This has […]

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New Year Resolutions of a SaaS CEO

By Subraya Mallya

2009 was a banner year for SaaS. With all the banter around Cloud Computing as an advancement in technology and it glories bandied around I would still be hard pressed to find a more compelling reason behind the larger success of SaaS – than the distressed economy. Companies with dwindling IT budgets ratcheted up the […]

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What the Hell is Cloud Computing?

By Subraya Mallya

I know every one and their grandfather has their own definition of what Cloud Computing is. As we go through the blogs, marketing paraphernalia we keep seeing the definition of cloud computing evolve (or disintegrate). So to that end I sought to find out what some of the top technology leaders felt and thought of […]

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