“Battles over formats and standards in the technology industry aren’t new. Whether it was e-mail, word processing, graphical images or even some more current like the apps on your smart phone, each new innovation typically starts out somewhat proprietary and incompatible.
Today we live in a world where a lot of those battles have been fought and won while some are only starting to heat up. Formats tend to resolve themselves through standards so that things like e-mail and web pages “just work.” That or at a minimum the technology we use evolves and hides it all from us via various forms of automatic conversion. In a world where so many technologies seem to get along – why shouldn’t clouds? The answer isn’t so simple and, as is often the case, history has a way of repeating itself.
Just as email initially emerged inside of private datacenters, so has cloud infrastructure. It was initially based on virtualization technology and, depending on what kind of IT shop was involved, you most likely ended up on VMware if you were trying to make your core datacenter more efficient by virtualizing legacy servers; Xen if you had a significant Linux or Java developer presence where the need to rapidly provision test and develop machines was important; and maybe even Citrix if you were using Metaframe for serving up applications to remote users or thin clients. For some companies, cloud adoption started outside the corporate datacenter inside of the VMware vCloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS).”
“Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock for the past year, you know cloud computing is the IT phrase on everybody’s lips.”
“Cloud computing is big business – but just how big, you may not have realised, until you consider what Chuck Hollis has learnt all too well.
Job seekers with cloud-related skills “make between 20 per cent and 40 per cent more in the job market than their non cloud-trained peers,” Hollis says. And he should know: as vice president of global marketing and chief technology officer with information management giant EMC, he has a top-down view of the costs EMC has had to shoulder to get a broad range of cloud-related skills into its workforce of more than 33,000 employees.”
My Take > I think Chuck Hollis has hit the nail on the head. One of the biggest issues facing business today is learning how to consume Cloud Services and what type of cloud services are right for their business. The “Build it and they will come” mentality is not the right approach, as a new high growth industry, we have to educated our customers and even learn a lot more about how our customers want to consume our services.
Another huge problem for large enterprise business, which many small companies won’t face, is how to migrate business data and adapt business processes around cloud services. It’s a great and challenging time to be involved in such a disruptive change in the IT landscape! Your thoughts?
NTT Australia has warned that Australia is lagging the US, Europe and Japan in terms of IPv6 adoption – Ankur Puri Wholesale Manager for NTT says that government agencies, as well as some of the larger ISPs, are now leading the way on local uptake.
NTT started research on IPv6 in 1996 and has been commercially offering an IPv6-enabled backbone since 2001 which is available globally at all NTT points of presence. The firm has also begun offering IPv6 for its global IPVPN services in select countries, and though it has not yet done so in Australia, NTT Australia MD and CEO Yoshimasa Hashimoto says it will do so once there is sufficient demand.
My Take> The biggest issue with IPV6 adoption is that there is currently no “killer app” or consumer requirement to drive the funding for adoption. A lot of the technology changes around IPV6 largely go unseen by the general consumer, so it just becomes a cost to IT for businesses to stay connected.
Maybe when we see IPV6 enabled car GPS and IPV6 apps for the mobile market, but right now its just about keeping the internet running. Your Thoughts?
Full Article available in Last Fridays edition of Commsday.
Hi and thanks for dropping in!
This is my first blog entry. I thought I’d let you know what sort of topics I plan to write about and provide commentary on, as well as telling you a little about myself.
I’ve been in IT for what sometimes seems like forever. I’m a technology professional working in IT Sales and Yes.. I have to admit (with an uncomfortable smirk) I’m a closet nerd!
My first exposure to computers was back in my impressionable teen years in the 80’s, way back when Atari, Commodore 64, Vic-20 and the Apple 2e amazed us with 2d wire graphics on a green screen and sprite graphics on a TV. An era of cassette tapes and cartridge based programs.
Wow!@!@!… haven’t we come a long way in personal computing! One of my first jobs out of school exposed me to the inner workings of computers. I was assembling XT and 286 based computers at the time consumers were just starting to truly become aware of the personal computer, with the advent of the mighty 286.
For almost 20 years now, I’ve been managing and developing complex IT solutions with $1M to $30M dollar budgets for Enterprise and Corporate Companies.
The industries Ive worked across includes;
- Finance and Banking
- Media & Entertainment
- Federal and State Government
I’ve held senior roles in technology and services companies including;
- Asia Pacific Director for Infrastructure and Architecture Services for a large US Multinational Outsourcer
- Sales & Business Development
- Technical Consulting
- Project Management
- DR & BCP Consulting
Well now you know a little bit about where I started in this world of technology, here’s a brief summary of business topics of interest, and a few of my personal interests. If there is anything you would like information on or would like to share with me please don’t hesitate to leave me a message .
Areas of Interest
- Outsourcing and Cloud Services
- Server & Desktop Hardware
- Data Centres
- Finance, Banking and Online Sectors
- Data Management, Business Continuance and Disaster Recovery
- Global IP-VPN & MPLS Networks
- Global IP Transit
My Personal Interests
- Motor Sport
- Aircraft & Flight Simulation
- Extreme Computer Systems
- Vinyl Records
- Wine & Good Food!