Top 5 CIO’s Guide to Cloud Computing Posts for 2009

December 30, 2009 Appirio


As we get ready to end 2009, here’s a view into the top 5 blog posts our readers found most interesting:

5. Amazon VPC: Private Clouds aren’t Clouds and Public Clouds aren’t Public

August 26th – Amazon’s announcement today on Virtual Private Clouds (VPC) and Werner Vogels’ enthusiastic blog response have been used by advocates to validate positions for and against the notion of the “private cloud.” We’ve been part of that debate ourselves (see Rise and Fall of the Private Cloud, Beware of the Wolf in Blue Clothing, and in a dialogue here with Christopher “Fire Hydrant” Hoff). While we strongly advocate technologies like virtualization, we’re critical of the notion that a private cloud can be at the center of a future state IT strategy…

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4. Short the Global SIs

January 28th – In January of 2007, we published an article, Services 2.0, which highlighted the shifting sands in deploying SaaS solutions such as Salesforce.com, Google Enterprise and Amazon Web Services. Two years later, Global SIs such as Accenture, Cap Gemini, TCS and others are still shackled by their dependence on old-school, on-premise partnerships with SAP, Oracle & Microsoft. While they may be paying lip service to cloud computing, most offer SaaS-based solutions at 2-3X the total cost necessary, are nowhere to be found in the relevant communities and developer ecosystems, and have few true SaaS enterprise reference customers to speak of…

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3. Top 5 Things About This Year’s Gartner Symposium

October 23rd – After spending 5 days talking technology with thousands of CIOs and some of the industry’s most insightful analysts, we thought we’d reflect on the top 5 and bottom 5 things about this year’s Gartner Symposium in Orlando, FL. Here’s our “Top 5” list, and the implications for enterprise CIOs…

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2. Do Your Most Strategic Apps Belong in the Cloud?

May 11th – I’ve been in a number of conversations over the past few weeks where I’ve been asked which business processes or apps belong in the cloud. There are obviously some technical considerations, but I’d like to focus on the strategic reasons for making the decision and how things have changed in the shift from traditional IT architectures to IT in the cloud…

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1. Cloud Computing Savings – Real or Imaginary?

April 16th – The venerable management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, released a thought-provoking analysis yesterday on cloud computing economics. The piece has generated a fair bit of attention because it’s been taken to mean that migration to cloud platforms is actually more expensive than what large companies currently spend on their own datacenters…

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