Cloud computing and ITIL like chalk and cheese ?

Cloud computing and ITIL like chalk and cheese ?

In my last post, I asked about your color in Cloud Computing. If you are interested to read my posts, surely you know what it is? Or maybe not so well ! According to Wikipedia, “Cloud computing is Internet (“cloud”) based development and use of computer technology (“computing”)”. In simple terms it means running hosted services over the internet. Yet cloud services differ from traditional hosted services on several factors. Cloud computing allows a company to pay for only as much capacity as it needs and the user requires no more infrastructure than a computer and an internet connection. This technology has made possible much more efficient computing by centralizing storage, memory and processing. Significant improvement in server virtualization, distributed computing and high-speed internet have contributed to the birth of cloud computing capacity. All this points to a rosy future in business computing, as Cloud based services can cater to all the IT demands of any organization. But roses apart, there are some thorns also. Have you heard about ITIL? It stands for IT Infrastructure Library, ITIL was design before Cloud computing influence. Its present avatar being V3. It provides a detailed framework of guidance for IT Service Management and has been widely accepted worldwide as a standard. Their website address is http://www.itil-officialsite.com, look also at http://www.itsmfi.org for ITIL promotion. IT Service Management has five core books comprising the entire Service Lifecycle, namely, Service Strategy, Service Design, Service Transition and Continual Service Improvement. ITILV3 Framework I managed different programs for IT Service Management transformation. You can be sure that ITIL is a good framework. But migrating to Cloud computing...
Is Cloud Computing really in the trend ?

Is Cloud Computing really in the trend ?

I was re-reading a good post regarding IT Infrastructure technology trends written by Ram C. Mohan ( link here). In his article he describes what will be the trends for… 2009 ! The 20 key points for IT infrastructure for 2009. The post is dated for early january 2009 so it is 20 months from now. Just to focus on the main 5 topics he mentioned. The first one was about reducing IT spending, the second one was on efficiency for operations, the third one on Infrastructure maturity including process improvement, the fourth one on IT Service Management for developing ITIL framework implementation and last but not least the fifth one on Virtualization and Datacenter consolidation. This writing is very interesting because 20 months from now, no sound about Cloud Computing, Infrastructure as a Service and so on ! Maybe only the tenth topics with Managed Services sounds a beginning… Google trend for Cloud Computing Search Is Cloud Computing an overnight success ? I don’t think so, Cloud Computing and other related topics are not in the trends. These topics will transform IT Delivery for the next decades. We are facing The next step in IT delivery. I will be pleased to share with you in this blog some thoughts about trends and others associated topics. For example : ITSM, which partners for Cloud implementation and Cloud implementation benefits… Share with me your trends and suggestions...
Cloud computing definition ? You said fog ?

Cloud computing definition ? You said fog ?

Do you try do find a clear definition of cloud computing ? I tried and to be frank it is fog ! Each vendor have its own vision due to their position, service or products they provide. Try to find one ! First, search on the internet, you can have Wikipedia definition (here) something clear. Then you can ask some analysts on the topic, they will provide more precise. Gartner says “Cloud Computing is a style of computing where massively scalable IT related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ over the Internet for multiple customers. ” My favorite was found in a very interesting book related to Cloud Computing : “Cloud computing explained : implementation handbook for enterprises”, the author, John Rhoton, gave a very detailed definition. I extract my favorites points. Cloud computing introduces off premise, elasticity, flexible billing, virtualization, service delivery, universal access, simplified management, affordable resources, multi tenancy, service level management. All theses topics are key for developing Cloud Computing capacity. These points could be a starting point for measuring where you are on developing your Cloud for example. Look at John Rhoton book and let me introduce the “Good reading” page. And you, what is your definition...
What is your color ?

What is your color ?

Hello, One day, I was in India. A person close to me ask for a question : “What is your color ?” I was surprise by a such question. For the first answser I imagine skin color first ? I asked for clarification. “You know, your color is what are your styles, passions, your values !” “If you want, Let’s just answer if you were ?” It took me few seconds and I said. If I was a color : Green, If I was a music style : Jazz, If I was a sport : Road cycling, If I was a famous people : Charles Chaplin ! “Sounds great ! ” He said. For starting, now you know my color, better, my colors ! In fact, I’m having a special one about Cloud Computing, a topic I’m working on. In this blog, I want to share with you questions, issues, not only, also some answers I hope (smile). Starting with a weekly post, very pleased to start ! So what is your color in Cloud Computing ? – Software as a Service (SaaS), Salesforce and Google with google apps give the path at entreprise wide scale. So many other apps. SaaS is the more implemented at this time. – Platform as a Service (PaaS), Force.com is the answer of Salesforce at a platform level. We can also mention Google App Engine and Microsoft Windows Azure. – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), GoGrid and Rackspace for examples, Amazon is the most famous. Not easy to chose, I’m interested on theses three ! So, my color is Infrastructure as a Service,...