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In our last post we discussed the positive shift in the Cloud Computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered the following list of things not to do: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs In this installment we are going to focus on the first mistake - failing to understand the business impact of leveraging a Cloud delivery model for a given application or service. What are you trying to do? The first step when evaluating a Cloud delivery option is to define the service: is it new or are you considering porting an existing service? Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. If new, there is a lower financial bar t... (more)

Back to the Future: Monitoring the Cloud

Over the past several weeks we have been discussing some of the mistakes made in early cloud deployments. As a refresher, here are the issues we outlined: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs This week, we're exploring the problems associated with leveraging traditional monitoring solutions in a Cloud delivery paradigm. There is a common assumption that leveraging a Cloud operating model will save money. We won't debate the accu... (more)

Accounting for the Cloud

The past few weeks we have been discussing some of the mistakes made in early cloud deployments. As a refresher, here are the issues we outlined: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs This week we are discussing a key mistake that occurs fairly often; one that only manifests long after the solution is operational...blindly assuming that Cloud equals costs savings. Blasphemy, you say - how could it possibly not cost less? Let's t... (more)

Who Really Needs a Blueprint?

A few days ago we facilitated a passionate discussion on the subject of Blueprints (ah, the joys of an emerging market). The gist of the conversation was focused on deciding where limited marketing resources should be applied, and during that exercise a surprising insight came to us. It seemed so counter-intuitive at first, then as we kept exploring it became so blindingly obvious that we questioned our intelligence for not thinking of it before. What was this revelation, you ask – and more importantly, why should you care? An Architect doesn’t need a Blueprint. Let’s step outsi... (more)

CMDBs in the Cloud

As enterprises move inexorably towards the Cloud, a faint murmur in the distance is growing louder and louder. What is it - the security forces objecting...the CFO wondering where their money is going now...business teams clamoring for faster response time? Good guesses, but this group never makes quite that much noise - it's the operational teams scratching their heads wondering how, particularly given their existing set of challenges, they are going to keep their heads above water trying to manage something as amorphous as a Cloud. They are right to be concerned. After all, wh... (more)