Seeking root cause

Systems thinking I don’t know whether I became a systems thinker because I read about it in the Fifth Discpline fifteen years ago, or whether I was already a systems thinker but didn’t know the label. Either way, I remember how it gave me a visual method to expose a system, and the diagnostic power of its archetypes.

How cloud-oriented is the app?

RightScale lets you easily deploy an application to a cloud provider like AWS or Rackspace. We do this by abstracting your server infrastructure design to a layer above that cloud provider. Consequently, I often have conversations about whether an existing application is a suitable candidate for the cloud. The less common question, but of great significance, is whether an application

Two worlds of cloud

Increasingly it’s clear to me that there are two worlds of cloud users, the populations of which often do not realise they are world’s apart. The first is inhabited by traditional enterprise IT users. Extending the analogy, it has more terra firma than clouds. The second has a population of cloud-first companies who use cloud-era technologies. They largely

Notes from keynote at Cloud Inspire, Seoul

I’m delivering the keynote talk at SK Telecom’s Cloud Inspire event in Seoul, and in preparing my talk about hybrid clouds I reviewed many sources. For those wanting more detail, I have put together some notes below. Research on cloud adoption, applications and cloud developers: RightScale Cloud Survey also as of Jun-2012 Everest, “Enterprise Cloud Adoption Survey 2013”

Roll your own "enterprise" hardware

Not long ago, I found an article talking about how Google is Intel’s fifth largest customer for server chips. I thought it was a brilliant barometer of the disruption that cloud computing is making to the traditional enterprise hardware providers, like Dell, IBM and HP. RedMonk recently wrote an article surveying the various data points which go to this

Noisy neighbours in cloud computing

One solution to traffic shaping a congested network: Noisy Neighbours is the current term to describe an age-old phenomena when many users share a medium, in this case with cloud computing it’s sharing CPU, storage and networking. In IP networking, one solution is Quality of Service (QoS) which helps prioritise network traffic so the most important packets get through

Intel provides view into cloud shift

Yesterday’s fascinating article in Wired says that Google is now Intel’s fifth largest client for server chips. In 2008, this Intel division had 75% of its sales to IBM, Dell and HP. Five years later, the same 75% is spread across eight buyers, the fifth being Google. This provides a view of the shift away from owner-operator enterprise