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Toddy Mladenov

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Reading my newsfeed this morning I noticed several articles talking about the cloud and the enterprise. There is no doubt that the area is heating up with more and more acquisitions (IBM buys Softlayer), investments (GE invests $105M in Pivotal) and fights over big deals (IBM vs. AWS for the CIA cloud) but the question that comes up is: "Are the cloud platforms ready for the enterprise?" Being involved with numerous cloud projects I see five areas that enterprises emphasize when they evaluate their options. Those are not too different from the criteria they use for any other software offering but here is the cloud run-down. Migration An enterprise application portfolio consist of a mix of applications, some of which are decade or more old. An enterprise ready cloud platform will offer support for legacy applications as well as new, cloud-architected ones and shoul... (more)

Is the Cloud the Right Solution for Your App?

It is surprising to see how every new technology suddenly becomes the thing that will solve every problem. The cloud is no different. Everybody rushes to migrate their applications to the cloud because they think this will magically make them faster, cheaper, agile, competitive and… add any other buzzword that comes to mind. Well, not so fast! You don't need to move every single application to the cloud! Or at least not in its current state. There are thousands of articles on the Internet that discuss which applications are applicable for the cloud (including several that I have ... (more)

No! You Don't Want Automatic DR!

Quite often you will hear IT people say that they want the ultimate automatic disaster recovery solution that you can buy. You can also find some vendors who can sell you their solution as automatic disaster recovery solution only because you asked for one. But do you really want an automatic disaster recovery solution? We are often victims of our bad understanding of the words but in technology you need to be very careful what you ask for. If you ask for automatic disaster recovery solution you may get something that you do not expect. Here is the scenario. An automatic disast... (more)

Why Shutting Down TechNet Is Not a Problem for IT Pros

While reading the news yesterday I stumbled upon the following article in Puget Sound Business Journal - Why is Microsoft alienating its biggest customers? IT pros want TechNet back. Everybody has the right to complain and sign a petition but more important is to understand the message Microsoft sends. Some think of it as "Microsoft doesn't care about IT Pros anymore", and they may be right; but the message sounds to me more like "Hey, IT Pros - the world is changing!" Although I think Microsoft could be a little bit more responsive to the complaints, I don't think IT Pros should... (more)

Open Source in the Cloud - How Much Should You Care?

In his opening keynote for Red Hat Summit, Jim Whitehurst, the CEO of Red Hat asked the audience: "Name an innovation that isn't happening in Open Source - other than Azure!" I can certainly add iPhone and AWS to the mix but let me stick to the cloud topic with the following question: "How much Open Source matters in the cloud?" Let's first elaborate on a two misconceptions about Open Source. Open Source Is Free Not really! In the cloud doesn't matter whether you are running on an Open Source platform or not - it is NOT free because you pay for the service. And for long Open Sou... (more)