How Cloud Computing will change the CTO (Chief technology Officer) Agenda ?

How Cloud Computing will change the CTO (Chief technology Officer) Agenda ?

In this post I put forward my thoughts on the impact that Cloud Computing will have on a business organization Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In the earlier years the CTO’s main thrust was on infrastructure upgrading. You started with upgrading the CPU or the MIPS to enhance the computing power. Then came the upgrading of storage to accommodate the ever-increasing volume of data. Next upgrading job was that of the networking to provide a smooth and conflict-free client-server or web apps computing environment. You talked, thought and dreamed of upgrading only. You were fighting product (fast) obsolescence and ensuring capacity enhancement with your dear life. And now, imagine that the organization has opted for Cloud Computing, what will be your new role ? As Cloud Computing is a Service – whether you use IaaS, PaaS or SaaS – it is likely to be in the form of Service Management. Understanding the importance of IT becoming, also the IT Infrastructure, Business Service focused should be your first step. You have to learn a lot of new things, go through a rather steep learning curve, because you as the CTO will be the driving force and the acknowledged leader of your team. The entire job-orientation will need to be changed from Capacity to Service. For this transformation, you as the CTO will be entrusted with the job of finding the right partners as Cloud Service Providers. There are several points to ponder, questions that you should ask yourself. How do I make the Cloud work for the unique needs of my Business ? How do I mitigate and manage the risk of moving...
Abacus to Cloud: Evolutionary Timeline of IT

Abacus to Cloud: Evolutionary Timeline of IT

In this post, let us embark on a journey into the past to retrace the way IT has evolved. Right from the time Homo sapiens came into their own in the world, they were confronted with problems of input, processing, output and communication. Before the advent of the mechanical age around 1450 AD, the media of communication was speech and later drawing and writing. The input technologies consisted of paper and pens; the permanent storage devices were scrolls and later libraries. As the numbering systems were invented, the first calculator in the form of the abacus came into existence. The mechanical age triggered the first information explosion. The slide rule came into use which claimed the honor of being the earliest analog computer. Other mechanical computational devices followed, notably, Babbage’s Analytical and Differential engines and Jacquard’s loom which used punch cards and binary logic. The harnessing of electricity gave rise to computing machines like the Hollerith and International Business Machines’s Mark I (IBM Mark I). Use of electronic vacuum tubes made possible the first-generation computers and programs were started to be written in machine and then assembly language. The second and the third generations followed with transistors and integrated circuits as the logic elements. Computers massive enough to occupy a large room were built called mainframe and somewhat smaller versions termed mini-computers with associated Operating System (OS) and programming languages like COBOL and FORTRAN. The fourth generation brought into being the microprocessor and the IBM PC with MS-DOS and Apple II. The trend continued with higher miniaturization, computing speed, storage capacity and release of better OS and application programs. Then...
Session – Implement your Private Cloud with Microsoft

Session – Implement your Private Cloud with Microsoft

What about moving in a Private Cloud with Microsoft ? The Microsoft’s Journey for Private Cloud is split in 5 steps 1- Standardize on evolutive servers, 2- Improve your skills on the virtualization area, 3- Standardize your administration on a unify admin platform, 4- Lean your processes, 5- Architect your resources in pools. Let’s detail each part. 1- Standardize on evolutive servers Microsoft built strong partnerships with Fujtsu, IBM, NEC, DELL, Hitachi and HP. Cisco will come soon with UCS. Microsoft special site here. 2- Improve your skills on the virtualization area The virtualization solution is Hyper-V. Service pack 1 with two new features, next version is linked with Widows Server roadmap. Its release is estimated within 18 to 24 month (H2 2012). Service pack new features are Dynamic memory for dynamic allocation on the virtual machine and Remote fx for VDI video improvement. More details here. 3- Standardize your Administration on a unify admin platform Your standardized and unify administration will be based on : – System Center Configuration Manager, – System Center Virtual Machine Manager, – System Center Operation Manager, – System Center Data Protection Manager. Each product is closely linked with the Hyper-V and all other Microsoft’s components like Active Directory for example. 4- Lean your processes Your processes can be defined in the System Center tools. You have to first work on the Service definition and then on the SLAs. The virtualization introduces new roles like VM Admin. You can delegate in the defined processes different part of the process. You can have a VM Admin, Delegated Admin, Network Admin and Storage Admin as actors...
Trends for HP Software Universe 2010 in Barcelona

Trends for HP Software Universe 2010 in Barcelona

HP software Universe started at Barcelona last Tuesday, how impressive it is to see more than 3500 people for this event in Europe ! It started with great flamenco… HP Software is dancing ! You can visit also the Partners’ exhibition in a hudge space. More than 80 exhibit demos and dedicated areas and 170 break out sessions. You can imagine that my preferred area was the Cloud Zone 😉 So, what are the trends and nexts steps with HP Software ? HP Software vision is structured around 5 topics Build, with ALM 11, Operate, with BSM 9, Secure, with Arcsight fortify Store, with HP Trim 7, Analyse, with Executive Scorecard. HP’s vision is that the CIO will become the “broker for IT Services”. I Like this approach, I introduced this in a previous post. IT is moving from Capacity management to Integration management from a Plan-Build-Run to a Source-Integrate-Manage agenda. One key point for this HP Software Universe in the major release of ALM 11 for moving the Application Life Cycle Management to modern apps delivering. The Conductor for all involved profiles in the application life cycle. HP is more and more present in the software space with a very large offer. I agree with Darryl K. Taft post as it sounds HP will become more and more a Software company : HP is Serious about software. And what about Cloud technology ? On the Cloud side, I had a look on the latest HP Matrix, for internal Cloud solution building. You can see at this stage (this product was introduced in June 2009) that this is a more mature solution...