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Evidence Cloud Computing is Beginning to Mature

September 20, 2010 by Brian Wolff

I read with interest, Charles Babcock’s article about why Eli Lilly is engaging multiple cloud providers, not just because it included a reference to BlueLock, but because Charles demonstrated concrete evidence that this nebulous concept of cloud computing is beginning to mature in the enterprise and mid-size enterprise company psyche.  

It wasn’t too long ago (four years ago to be exact) that the concept of Infrastructure-as-a-Service didn’t exist.  How do I know that?  Pat O’Day, BlueLock’s...

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Start-ups, Enterprise Companies and The Cloud

June 9, 2010 by Brian Wolff

Ping Li from Accel Partners wrote a very interesting article this week about how some of the companies that his firm have funded are leveraging cloud computing.  He made a couple of points that I find particularly interesting: 

The first is that VC companies are making it a “pre-condition” of funding that the funded company leverage the cloud vs. buying traditional infrastructure. 

Even more interesting and more powerful is his second point: that most of these companies didn’t need that...

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Managing the Cloud Boomerang Dilemma

April 14, 2010 by Brian Wolff
 “This is unquestionably the most dynamic time in IT history. Right now you have developers making cloud choices that will become de facto organization choices. Failing to recognize this and address it is an enormous mistake. And the (perhaps) instinctive reaction to forbid use of a public cloud is wrong and foolish. If the trend can't be controlled, the next best strategy is to guide it.”

– Bernard Golden, CEO,
Bernard Golden wrote an excellent piece at a week ago entitled...
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A cloud computing post every software CEO should read

March 4, 2010 by Brian Wolff
OK – time to take it home.  Hopefully you've already read my first and second post for SaaS CEOs, and now I’d like to finish up the final five tips for taking your applications to the cloud. 

I'd also like to ask you for feedback on what you think and whether you think I’m on the right track.  Please feel free to challenge and question me in the comments field below.

Tip #11:  Set financial penalties for downtime:
  I agree, there should definitely be some financial incentive for the Cloud... Read More »

Part 2: 15 Tips for Software Companies, Understanding Cloud Computing

February 2, 2010 by Brian Wolff
In my last post, I tackled tips 1-5.  This week I’d like to take a look at the next five tips Adam Stone referred to in regards to "Making sense of the cloud: 15 tips for software CEOs" and provide you with the BlueLock perspective on what companies looking to migrate to cloud computing should be thinking about.

Tip #6:  To Avoid vendor Lock-in, stick to open standards. 
This one makes a lot of sense to me – in the end, you need to make sure that whatever you put in the cloud you can get back...Read More »

15 Tips for Software Companies: Understanding Cloud Computing

January 21, 2010 by Brian Wolff

Adam Stone over at Software CEO wrote a very timely article compiling the opinions of several respected industry experts into 15 tips for understanding cloud computing. 
I thought Adam’s article highlighted several ways that BlueLock thinks about the cloud differently (or the same in some instances).  I plan to break the 15 tips down into three blog posts providing my perspective on each point he makes.

Tip #1:  Be Careful how you use the term. 

Adam’s point is that “cloud is not cloud is not...Read More »

Are Cloud Vendors Really Ignoring Consumer's Concerns?

December 7, 2009 by Brian Wolff
Recently, a few articles have popped up with the accusation that cloud computing vendors and providers are ignoring IT pros' concerns.

Carl Brooks recently quoted: "The results of a new Forrester Research survey show that while awareness around cloud computing has grown by leaps and bounds, the concerns of potential adopters remain the same. But apparently vendors and cloud promoters didn't get the memo."

A Forrester survey entitled "State Of Emerging SMB Hardware: 2009 To 2010" questioned around...Read More »

VIDEO: What is BlueLock vCloud Express and how can it help you?

December 1, 2009 by Brian Wolff

Hear from David Davis (VCP, vExpert, CCIE of about his take on the BlueLock vCloud Express cloud computing solution.

BlueLock vCloud Express launched its Beta I program early in September.  Since then we've launched Beta II (today, actually) and we're excited to get our official public BlueLock vCloud Express offering out in early 2010.

To learn more about BlueLock vCloud Express click here.
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Shhhh Stuff Happens…In the Cloud

November 13, 2009 by Brian Wolff
By now everyone has heard about the T-Mobile Sidekick crash in one of Danger’s (a Microsoft subsidiary) cloud computing environments.  Just like every time Gmail goes down, there is a wide and broad brush of FUD painted across the cloud computing canvas. 

Stephen Foskett recently wrote a blog post that talks about the shocking “bubblegum and baling wire” approach that some companies take when delivering cloud computing storage.  I couldn’t agree with him more.  There are some hokey things going...Read More »

CloudCamp Indy is TODAY!

October 26, 2009 by Brian Wolff
If you haven’t already registered, it’s not too late!  Click here to register now, the more the merrier!

About CloudCamp:
CloudCamp is an unconference where attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies. As an informal, member-supported gathering, we rely entirely on volunteers to help with meeting content, speakers, meeting locations, equipment and membership recruitment. We...Read More »