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Toddy Mladenov

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Last week's Joyent outage brought us thinking how many IT teams make the effort what is the meaningful downtime that will not have significant impact on their business. In this post I will not discuss this particular outage although it is a yet another good example for improving the IT practices and processes but will concentrate on an important step in the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) that is a prerequisite for Disaster Recovery - namely the Cost of Downtime. Very often because the lack of understanding of the overall IT application portfolio the cost of downtime is calculated using made up numbers or numbers for the whole company. Each application must be considered separately and the analysis must be done per application - there is no one size fits all. For now though let's take a simple example: company that has a revenue of $5o0M and 1500 employees and exper... (more)

Is Your Cloud Ready for the Enterprise?

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 sof... (more)

Essential Cloud Computing Characteristics

If you ask five different experts you will get maybe five different opinions what cloud computing is. And all five may be correct. The best definition of cloud computing that I have ever found is the National Institute of Standards and Technology Definition of Cloud Computing. According to NIST the cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models. In this post I will look at the essential characteristics only, and compare to the traditional computing models; in future posts I will look at the service and deployment models... (more)

Are There Other "as-a-Service" Cloud Offerings?

As already described in the previous few articles NIST defines three different service models for the cloud - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. However if you look at the Wikipedia article about cloud computing you will notice that there are quite a few more "as-a-service" models mentioned there. Lot of vendors are using those to differentiate their offerings but there are two problems that arise: First, those additional models are not officially recognized by any standardization authority and Second, and maybe more important, those new acronyms add to the confusion among the novice cloud us... (more)

Business Strategy for Enterprise Cloud Startups

With cloud computing becoming the center of almost every new enterprise IT project, more and more startups decide to compete in the area. This raises the question: "Are they ready to fulfill the enterprise needs?" Forget the need to have one big customer. This can open few doors but if your startup's business strategy is wrong those will be shut down soon. It is true that one prominent customer can boost your sales but in my opinion there are two more important things that can help your startup get customers fast. First question you need to ask yourself is: "Do I target the right ... (more)