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Greg O'Connor

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Blink twice and "Can we get a puppy?" becomes "Can I take the car tonight?"  Cloud computing took a little longer.  By my calculation, it's taken roughly eight Cloud Expos to move from "Cloud what?" to "Cloud how?" - I know because I've been at all but the first.  So, returning from New York where last week 7,500 people attended the 8th, I reflected on how much the questions being asked about "the cloud" have changed since the first Cloud Expo in 2008. 2008 - What is cloud computing? Translation: Okay, what is it?  Does ‘The Cloud' = Amazon Web Services or what? What are the key capabilities of a cloud? What is AmazonWS?  How is cloud computing different from virtualization?  Self-service, pay for what you use, SaaS ... are hot topics. Amazon WS does $100M in revenue. 2009 - Is the cloud real? Translation: Is this something I'm going to have to pay attention to? Does... (more)

Occupy Cloud! Movement Set to Occupy Cloud Expo

As Occupy Wall Street went global mixing grievance with entitlement, the movement quickly became the melting pot for all things protest-able. Taking to the streets with euros, dollars, and yens taped across their mouths demonstrators marched, camped, and otherwise deplored the unfairness of reality. "But, who will speak up for production enterprise applications?" I thought.  "The reality is that 99% of production enterprise applications are still earth-bound ... not on the cloud. Those greedy, lightweight dev/test use cases are monopolizing the cloud." The paradigm-busting, wor... (more)

The Elastic Enterprise Extends IT Operations to the Cloud ….. Today

We were all there at the beginning when, "The Internet changed everything," morphed into the paradigm buster we now call "The Cloud." As an industry, we watched Amazon (AWS) break the $100M revenue mark in 2008; scanned Gartner's first cloud computing vendor list in 2009; and heard Microsoft declare itself "all in" in 2010. The cloud-as-infrastructure journey from promise to powerhouse has been at once exciting and disappointing. Exciting for obvious reasons and disappointing because the reality of cloud usage has largely remained the purview of development. To date, the predomi... (more)

Windows Server 2003 EOL – What You Need to Know Now

IT departments hate end of life of products and the resulting headaches. End of life for a product means the support lifeline disappears, security updates stop and IT is left stranded with the compliance team breathing down their neck. Upgrade projects are not a fun sell to the business. "Hey, Ms./Mr. Business, let's invest a bunch of money and time to get the same place you were before"... Gee, let's get out the drill bit and do a root canal while we're at it. For the Windows 2003 Server family you should know the following: On July 13, 2010 Mainstream Support for Windows Server... (more)

Windows Server 2003 - I'm Late, I'm Late, for a Very Important Date! | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Windows Server 2003 End of Support is here and there is little most enterprises can do at this point to change the fact that they are now dependent on an unsupported operating system. Here we are at Microsoft's World Wide Partner Conference again, muttering "I'm late, I'm late," just like the herald-like white rabbit of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, (We have a cool White Rabbit twitter campaign going this week - check it out) except that we cannot manipulate time. This is the event where, last year, there were many sessions highlighting processes, tools and pa... (more)