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Bart Copeland

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What Customers Want in 2015: Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, Docker and AWS I've always believed that tech companies only last in the market by listening to their customers. You can get carried away and add the coolest technology to your product, but if it doesn't provide real business value to the customer, it's useless. Based on discussions with our customers, their focus is on building a solid foundation. They want the cloud technologies they choose to be supported by a robust ecosystem, but at the same time be flexible enough to take advantage of whatever new technology emerges in the market. Here are the four common themes we've been hearing: They Want a PaaS Based on Cloud Foundry PaaS has really emerged in the past year as a critical part of application delivery and customers are saying that they want their PaaS to be based on Cloud Foundry. The open source project i... (more)

Is There a CIO Inferiority Complex? (Yes and Here’s How to Get Over It)

It used to be so easy. The company needed more IT infrastructure, so you bought more components, built more technology, and scrambled to keep it all well oiled. Then along came the cloud and the world shifted under your feet - or perhaps more accurately, over your head. Suddenly they wanted you out of the server room and (instead) in the boardroom, assessing the services of cloud computing vendors and discussing the cost benefits of the new technology. And then it's all "strategy this, planning that." But you keep thinking to yourself: What was wrong with the old stuff? And do th... (more)

Want to Win the Cloud War? By @Bart_Copeland | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Want to Leapfrog AWS and Win the Cloud War? Move Up the Stack! The cloud computing infrastructure and platform market is expected to be a $43 billion market by 2018 and account for 11% of enterprise IT spending. At this point in the war we can say that AWS is the winner of the cloud infrastructure market segment only. The platform market (and what I believe is the more lucrative segment) is still up for grabs. The recent revenue announcement by AWS demonstrates what they mean for the industry and their focus on cloud since the beginning has given AWS leadership status. Microsoft ... (more)

Forget About PaaS By @ActiveState | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Forget About PaaS. It's About Enabling Applications Over the last couple of years I have talked to numerous enterprise customers, analysts, industry pundits, and others interested in cloud technologies, and one thing is abundantly clear - Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) seems to mean different things to different people. But the term PaaS is irrelevant - it's just noise. What is relevant, and what is important, is what PaaS does: enable applications. That's what enterprises care about. They want to accelerate application development to get products to market faster and into users' ... (more)

The Right Cloud for the Growing Enterprise: Take Your Company Private

Remember the early days of the cloud? Outsourced application hosting seemed so...alluring. Public-cloud providers like Google, Heroku, EngineYard and DotCloud seduced us with promises of cost-efficiency, scalability and convenience. Early adopters spun off a few VMs, connected the users and prepared for growth. And when that corporate growth arrived, the public cloud would grow too. At least that was the vision; yet the reality is more complicated. Public cloud deployment entails hidden costs. Enterprise growth introduces new challenges - challenges like data privacy, security a... (more)