Amazon Advances Cloud Computing

Amazon Advances Cloud Computing (Tech Observer, is tailoring its cloud computing services to make them more attractive to large enterprise customers. The company this morning launched a Virtual Private Cloud service, giving companies a way to migrate their IT infrastructure onto Amazon's cloud while keeping their security systems in place.

With the new private cloud offering, Amazon customers can connect to a "set of isolated AWS compute resources" through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) and continue to use their existing security tools, firewalls and intrusion detection systems in the Amazon cloud. Customers like Intuit and Eli Lilly are already using the private cloud, Amazon said. Read more about it from

My experience with Cloud Applications is the Industry is running to these applications, and Corporations like Amazon are running at 100 miles an hour to provide the platforms as a service for these new and changing markets.

Apple to attack Windows 7 using Puddy

Apple to attack Windows 7 using Puddy (CNN)

You got to love the Apple TV commercials attacking Microsoft's Windows Operating systems. Windows 7 is being released very soon. Apple and Google have new releases of their Operating systems too. In Business and Government the Microsoft Windows Operating system is by far the leader. The Mac OS10 system is very good, I have a few Macs and Vista reminds me of some of the features in the Mac OS systems and Visa Versa. I don't think there will be a day when I go to a government agency and see Macs everywhere when applying for permits or licenses, but you never know. As software becomes more hosted, SAAS, or Service based, the Browser becomes more important than the operating system it runs on. This reminds me how not so long ago; Microsoft Windows had to run ontop of DOS. You had to install DOS first then you installed Windows on X86 systems. DOS became less important from the experience of the end-user, as now the operating system is moving to today and in the future. In Software Development right now, Virtual Machines are wonderful for testing your software over many operating systems and browsers. However, I see Server Operating systems hosting web-based software and accessing databases as a Platform for Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Google and anybody else to fight it out on Speed, Security, Safety, and Space.

Enjoy the commericals today, I wonder 20 years from now what they will be like?

Food for thought, Platform and Infrastructure as a Service a time bomb getting ready to explode!!

Food for thought, Platform and Infrastructure a Service a time bomb getting ready to explode!!

The last few months I have been watching people (Investors and new Start Ups) invest a ton of money and time in developing their software systems that are dependant on Platforms and Infrastructure as a service. They run on services like Amazon, and especially My biggest concern is the Technology being used by these services. I know that most are not transferable. So if you build a solution on, it cannot run on Microsoft Azure and so on. (I know this will change over time) 

Let us say you development your application using You go live with it, you get 100 customers, everything is running great. Then 6 months from now you find out that is in a legal battle with some other company or person that claim that they infrinched on their copy write or patient on some technology they are using to run the Platform and Infrastructure , and a judge shuts them down. You are out of business, then your customers and investors will go after you. I see this on CNN Business section a lot. Skype is in this problem as we speak.

I brought this up at a few technology meetings with Microsoft, Google, and Amazon. Its a serious problem. Everyone at these meetings talk about future standards to move your application from Platform to Platform, and Infrastructure to Infrastructure .

I predict that in 12 months a major case is coming. Food for thought!

Top 10 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2009

Top 10 Cloud Computing Predictions for 2009

  1. The "cloud of clouds" expands but sees traction revolve around open platforms. We'll see Microsoft and other traditional software players invest even more in new but closed cloud platforms. At the same time, proponents of a more open approach, like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Salesforce, will push more and deeper "cloud connections" like they did this year. This will create a more heated debate between the value of closed versus federated platforms.
  2. At best, Microsoft Azure will be a better platform for Exchange. Microsoft will continue to shower attention on Azure but will see relatively limited adoption from ISVs and customers. While it will likely disappoint users and remain well behind established cloud players for the first few years, it will become a viable platform by 2010 – primarily as a better foundation for Microsoft Exchange and existing on-premise .NET applications.
  3. Google doubles down on the enterprise, enterprises return the favor by racing to Google Apps. Google has already shown they’re serious about winning over enterprises with acquisitions like Postini and investments in Google Apps. They’ll continue to expand their support for enterprise-class security, transparency, and development languages. In return enterprise customers, faced with economics that overcome preconceptions, will substantially increase their pace of adoption. We expect to see at least 3X the number of enterprises evaluating and moving to Google Apps, at the direct expense of Microsoft Exchange, Office and Lotus Notes.
  4. A major SaaS 1.0 company will fail. Although SaaS and cloud investments will increase next year, a number of SaaS 1.0 companies – stand-alone companies who built their SaaS products from scratch on their own – will either falter due to the demands of creating infrastructure, or chose to re-platform. The progress of enterprise-ready platforms like makes it much easier for SaaS 2.0 companies to build advanced products that can leap ahead of the competition at a much lower cost.
  5. A rise in serverless companies with 1000+ employees. In 2009, the market will start to hear about more and more companies going completely server-less. While this is already happening at smaller companies, larger and larger companies will optimize their business processes and cut IT expenses by outsourcing to cloud providers.
  6. The rise and fall of the private cloud – While private clouds will continue to generate a significant amount of hype, customers in most cases will realize they are little more than a better data center implementation. They will be valuable for customers who have significant transaction volumes and stringent regulatory or security requirements, but will have little ROI for the average IT organization. In the end, private clouds will create more value for service providers than for customers.
  7. Business Intelligence (BI) becomes the next functional area to SaaSify. Just as CRM and HRM applications became poster children for the shift to SaaS these last few years, we’ll see the same thing happening with on-demand BI. We’ll also see a bifurcation in this space, with one set of applications built from the ground up to leverage the inherent benefits of cloud computing and one set a repackaging of traditional BI features just delivered over the Internet.
  8. SAP or Oracle gets into the PaaS game. While these companies may have hedged their bets in 2008 (or even berated the SaaS model), we believe one of these companies will see the writing on the wall and start at least talking about a new cloud platform they’re building over the next few years. In fact, they will attempt to switch the conversation and convince the market they have been working on this for years but called it something different.
  9. Enterprises will figure out how to use social networks in the right way. Companies – especially their HR and marketing organizations – will finally figure out how to utilize social networks in day-to-day operations. More and more business (employees, leads, market intelligence) will come directly through business applications that tap into Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks that are already being used by employees and customers outside the workplace.
  10. There will be at least one $100M software product built on The myth that it is impossible to build a big business on an on-demand platform will finally be debunked by the emergence of a PaaS-enabled application in 2009 that has the potential for a $100M run rate.


Some of these predictions are right on and some are not. If a software company puts it's whole business model in the cloud they will fail. I know of software companies that's whole business model is providing cloud software as a service that spend $1000.00 for every $100.00 of revenue right now. They are betting on the future. Cloud based systems including Software as a service, Platform as a service, Infrustructure as a service, and anything as a service are emerging markets that we all need to be involved in however, I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket. On premises applications will always be in demand, and I see Cloud Apps as an ADD ON, or even a teaser for the potential purchase of an Enterprise Wide App.


Is the Recession Over? It sure feels like it!

Is the Recession Over? It sure feels like it!

The Feds say the worst is behind us. I would have to agree, yet still be a little conservative, yet I am always conservative in business and liberal politically…. The Software Business has really picked up the last two months. We have clients purchasing up to 5 years in advance on Maintenance contracts getting the discounts, and prepaying for future enhancements. This is a good sign, along with new clients from Federal Agencies, Utility Corporations, and Local Governments. Software and services are being purchased, and investment in new technology is going right along. But in the large picture, Every Cab driver I speak with tell me they have it very tough. I see more homeless people on the streets at night when I am walking to the subway. More people are begging for money on the subway. Office space is available everywhere and at a fraction of what it was just last year. In Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Northern Africa is seems the same to me. A lot of unemployed people are going back to school.

We as a Nation might be on the road of recovery, however its going to be tough goings for a lot of people. Cloud Computing is here, and interesting in this down market. If the recession is behind us, how is this going to impact Cloud Services? Will it create jobs here in the USA? Time will tell. I do believe we as a Nation and the Global Economic systems are in for many years of tough times and tough changes. If you are a company with large debt and old technology you will not be around 5 years from now. So its going to be interesting to see who is left standing by 2014. Will BFA, GM, Google, Microsoft, and AIG still be around? Your guess is good as mine.

I hope the signs of recovery are the real deal. My next blog will be more tech, I read my email and some of you wanted less tech. So here is less tech!!