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The 2nd Tenet of Open Source: Bet on the Community, Not the Current State of Technology

Unix or Linux of Cloud? I recently spoke with an analyst who asked me about Marten Mickos’ comment at GigaOm Structure that “OpenStack, rather than following in Linux’ footsteps, could become ‘the Unix of cloud.’ The implication was that so many vendors weighing in could lead to a forking or fracturing of the OpenStack standard.”  […]

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The 13th Tenet of Marketing: Remember The Ridiculous Power of Branding and Adjectives

The WHO announced today that diesel exhaust can cause cancer.  That may seem troubling to you.  But, don’t worry!  That’s only true of old diesel, says the Diesel Technology Forum.  Now, we have clean diesel. Speaking of diesel, causing cancer isn’t the only concern people have about fossil fuels.  Burning them harms the environment as well, […]

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The 2nd Tenet of Evaluating Cloud Products: You Have to Know What Problem You Want To Solve

A Swirl of Cloud Confusion People will often ask me, how does cloud product X compare to cloud product Y?  Often, it will be because X is a third party product and Y is a Red Hat product.  The problem with such comparisons is that in the realm of cloud, there aren’t single, well-defined product […]

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The 2nd Tenet of PaaS: The P in PaaS Stands for Platform, Not Product

PaaS, PaaS Everywhere Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a hot space right now.  There seems to be a new PaaS provider popping up every minute.  Gartner projects the PaaS space will reach $1.8 billion in 2015, and their projections are conservative compared with several other analysts’. Visit the variety of PaaS offerings available, and […]

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The 10th Tenet of Cloud: The Linux of Cloud is…Linux

The New Linux of Cloud? There have been many claims lately by a variety of different open source projects that they are the “Linux of cloud.”  Typically, these projects cite a few key reasons for staking this claim, including: They are the new application platforms for the cloud They are the new epicenter of open […]

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The Fourth Tenet of Market Disruption: You Can’t Just Adapt Your Old Pricing Models (Or How To Fix the New York Times’ Digital Subscriptions)

The New York Times A Digital Success? Last week, the New York Times announced that it has reached 454,000 digital subscribers and was also reducing the number of free articles visitors could read from 20 to 10.  People who wanted to read more than 10 articles a month would have to buy a digital subscription […]

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The 3rd Tenet of Hybrid Clouds: Enterprises and Cloud Providers are Opposite Sides of the Same Coin

Offer The Same Technology Everywhere? I recently briefed an analyst on Red Hat CloudForms, a product for enterprises to build and manage hybrid clouds.  This analyst pressed me on my assertion that we were targeting enterprise customers with CloudForms: were we also planning to sell CloudForms to cloud service providers?  Many other vendors had both enterprise […]

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The 1st Tenet of Open Cloud: Open is About Control

The Fateful Crash I met with a large SaaS provider recently that had a hybrid cloud, with most of its infrastructure at Amazon but a rapidly growing portion in its own data center.  This SaaS provider used a hosted cloud management solution (cloud-management-as-a-service) which also happened to run at Amazon. This SaaS provider is now […]

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The 6th Tenet of Cloud Technology: Moore’s Law is Too Slow

There have been quite a number of articles recently discussing how Moore’s Law is going to advance cloud and mobile computing.  Most people marvel at how fast changes are coming and give credit to the continued pace of Moore’s Law.  However, Moore’s Law is just a marketing triumph and not an inherent property of the […]

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