Category Archives: service providers

The Stratification of SP Cloud Compute Services

Designed for failure, built on a next generation application platform, deployed on commodity infrastructure – all phases you hear a lot when people are talking about deploying or migrating applications to Cloud-based computing and Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers, but what about applications that aren’t? I’m a firm believer that the set of applications that we use are going to be very different in the future. Compare the applications that you use today… Read More »

VFCache (Project Lightning) – What does it mean for Service Providers?

Yesterday saw the public launch of EMC’s latest product innovation, the VFCache product line. In physical terms, this product is a server-installable card that plugs into a PCIe slot on a rack mount server. There aren’t any ports on the back of the card so it’s not a host bus adaptor (HBA), but with the help of some clever drivers that run either in VMware ESX Server or a supported… Read More »

Three Big Service Provider Themes for 2012: Part 3

This is the third in a series of three posts exploring the major opportunities for Service Providers in 2012. The links below will take you to the previous predictions, which were that: Virtualisation of x86 Client-Server Workloads Goes Mainstream with the Biggest Users PaaS Becomes an Installable Product and ISVs Start to Adopt It Here’s theme number three for 2012. Big Data Analytics Services gain some definition   There’s no doubt… Read More »

Three Big Service Provider Themes for 2012: Part 2

Here’s the second big opportunity area that I see for Service Providers in 2012. For the first post in this series, you can go here.   PaaS Becomes an Installable Product and ISVs Start to Adopt It Platform as a Service will move out of the web 2.0/experimental/boutique provider segment and begin to see mainstream adoption by organisations that spend a significant amount on software development, which co-incidentally enough are… Read More »

Three Big Service Provider Themes for 2012: Part 1

We’re a few weeks into 2012 now and the wave of ‘My Predictions for 2012′ posts has come to an end so I thought I’d write a quick update on what I see as the three big themes that IT Service Providers should be looking to exploit over the next 11 months. These are based on discussions with thought leaders at EMC, VMware and the Service Providers and aspiring Service… Read More »

Software as a Service: Does it have anything to do with ‘the Cloud’?

In the run up to VMworld, which is taking place in Copenhagen later this month, pan-European Cloud SP (and EMC Service Provider Partner) Colt ( have been running a survey to get the views of their customers and partners on a few of the common questions around Cloud Computing. There are going to be more survey’s coming up soon as this is the first of series that Colt are planning to run before VMworld takes… Read More »

Cloud Services, Economics and You!

I’ve seen various bits of content today from Cisco and from VCE that got me thinking about something I posted a while ago on Twitter. Typically, Twitter’s search function is preventing me from finding it again right now, but it went something like this: Commit to what you use everyday, source the rest from compatible Service Providers So what does that mean? Of course, I was talking about the procurement… Read More »