Five years of Cloud Computing

Five years of Cloud Computing

Let’s try to compose, as good a picture as we can, of all the components that might have an impact on Cloud Computing. It could help us to develop a vision for the next ten years at least.
More than three billion people are connected to the Internet today.

The deluge of Internet of things

The deluge of Internet of things

Imagine that 25 years ago someone  told you would be able today to access your messages, some videos, to work nearly everywhere and do all of this with a small device in your pocket? There we are today with your smartphone! Yes, one phone by village in 1950, one per house in 1980 and now one in each pocket today. And tomorrow a lot more! It will be a huge deluge of connected devices! If you look at figures, some experts imagine we could have more than 100 Trillion devices on what is called the Internet of Things. You think it’s huge? It is indeed! It means we will have between 1000 to 2000 connected things per person! This could happen by 2030+. As a reference, we started with less than 10 millions in 2007 and we have more than 3.5 Billions in 2014 and growing. Look at this article to see some numbers. Welcome the Internet of Objects (IoT), the first to introduce this term was Kevin Ashton. He came with the idea of objects with sensors, all connected to the Internet. This is both an opportunity. A great opportunity to improve our lives by creating interconnected cities and consume less energy. Also a better organization of transport and logistics with connected cars and trains to optimize all this. It could also be production of energy assembled from an interconnected and regulated network according the needs of all of us through intelligent Networks.A Global Internet combined with commodity Cloud Computing and leveraging Big Data are the only way to get the value of the Internet Of Thing. First...
HP acquires Eucalyptus : A major step towards emerging Cloud Standards?

HP acquires Eucalyptus : A major step towards emerging Cloud Standards?

Announced on September 11th, HP acquired Eucalyptus Systems, a very good open source solution for Private Cloud and yet an alternative to Open Stack. Why is it a strategic move for HP in the Cloud as well as a good piece of news for the market? Some people asked why Amazon Web Services (AWS) did not make this move, like David Linthicum in his blog. We could definitely imagine that AWS could be interested to make the link between their Public Cloud Offer and the Private Cloud market. I fully agreed with David: AWS’ vision will not embrace the Private or Hybrid Model. The Cloud pure player clearly positions itself as a mutualized Cloud for their customers, even if AWS is supporting Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) solutions for their Clients. In fact, I see two reasons for this acquisition by HP and not by AWS. Firstly, as Nicholas Carr wrote in his essay “Building Bridges” HP is filling the blank between future innovations and the current market maturity. With Eucalyptus acquisition, HP is answering the market on this point. Many of my clients imagine to start with a Private Cloud implementation, but they might have in mind to connect it one day with Public Cloud solutions. With Eucalyptus, HP says: YES we can! We can build your own AWS Cloud and leave you the option to move to public cloud- with no need to rework your IS architecture. Secondly, and I think it’s the key take away from this acquisition, it paves the way for Standardisation form the Client perspective. Indeed, AWS is THE de facto standard today -thanks...
Cloud Pricing War : The soon end of small players

Cloud Pricing War : The soon end of small players

Did you imagine the Go price in 2010? I looked at AWS archive and it was 0,10$ for RRS Storage when they launched it. Now, in September 2014, what is the price for the same RRS? Only 0,024$, yes only 0,024$! And it will go down again and again! How could it be possible? It’s the Cloud Princing war. And let be sure, it’s only the beginning like said in The Economist this summer. Why? Many factors : – The Moore’s law, With this law we can have more and more power, more and more storage for a decreasing price. Years after years. When 1 ko was big, today it’s 1 Po. – The HUDGE investments the key players made in the Cloud Area (let’s check here), The top three players (AWS, Google, Microsoft) and now, maybe four (with IBM) are strong with their investments so they have to put sales in front of this. – The competitions of the different players, This players have to find their clients on the Cloud side. So the price war is a strong argument to make a market barrier for the once who want to compete. – Cloud adoption is slower than expected, The market, and I imagine the key players around Cloud, imagine that the market will be faster than it is today. Cloud Services are less than few per cent of the global IT spending around the world, let’s say 100’s Billions $ when the over all IT spending is about few Trillions $. It’s slower due to the economic crisis and some security concerns about NSA issue and last,...
Drones, the next fly

Drones, the next fly

Let’s have fun and cool thoughts with the kids go back at school this week. Did you have a look at Drones Technology? You think it’s a military thing and a toy! Could be. The technology is now strong and it will have a big impact on our day to day soon. Like said in this article, drones business is more than 6.4 billions dollars market this year and 11% for non military usages. It will be a bigger market and more and more for non military usages. That said, what is the next fly for us? With a new technology, we have new concerns. First one : privacy. With drones, we can have doubts with our privacy with images, with fly around our house or property, let’s have a look at the amazing drone fly above Apple’s futur head quarters. It’s true and it seems to remind some points about privacy like with Cloud and a long time ago with Internet. We have to keep that in mind as a new risk for a new technology and make risk mitigation as usual, no more. All new technology is coming with concerns and attention points, and each new technology is coming with new benefits, let’s talk about this : – Fire fighting, many fire fighting staff all over the world are now using drones to help them to have a better vision of the fire place and then to help them in their job and improve their efficiency and more, to help them saving lives. – Environmental watch, when we have to save our planet from us and have...
Cloud Avantime

Cloud Avantime

Make no mistake, this is not an article for choosing your next car. Whatever! What is Cloud Avantime? This is a new trend of Private Cloud projects I meet more and more. What are the characteristics? – A Private Cloud approach proposed by the Technology, – A detailed definition of “how” before a specific “what”, – A low “clients” involvement of the future solution, – A project inspired by ancient practices. What are the consequences? Is obtained, in the best case, a Cloud Avantime. You will remember this Renault car. Successful engineering teams … Who has not found its customers. It is the same for projects of Private Cloud. You’ll get beautiful implementations struggling to find their place and their customers. What to Do? – The first: it’s work together! Share and especially associate your future customers in the project. As soon as possible, as widely and as often as possible. – The second: why? Yes, why build your private cloud? You do not wake up one morning and say, well, I’ll do a Private Cloud it is cool … What is your need? What are your issues? What would you solve for your customers? – The third: The technology is only, with my experience, one part of the issues. Governance, Service Offer, Architecture, Security, Process and Change Management are the other pillars for a successful Cloud project. You have Private Cloud projects? You are driving an...