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 »

2012 Technology Advisory Team Summit

I just got back to Europe following three days at EMC’s Headquarters just outside Boston in the US where I was attending the 2012 Technology Advisory Team Summit. The Technology Advisory Team is a forum that comprises EMC’s senior customer facing technologists from around the the world – Field CTOs that cover specific sectors or geographies like myself and Hans Timmerman, who is EMC’s CTO in The Netherlands as well… Read More »

Create a Node.js App on Cloud Foundry in 3 minutes

I’m currently involved in a couple of projects with ISVs to modernise their application infrastructure and transition shrink wrapped application products to deployment on cloud platforms. My key involvement here is in architecting the underlying physical infrastructure to enable applications to scale up to very large multi-tenant deployment. In addition, the ISVs are working to replatforming their applications using modern programming languages and frameworks and services-based architecture that enables applications to scale… Read More »

The Operations Benefits Case for Converged Infrastructure

Last week I met with a Service Provider to continue some discussions that we have been having about the adoption of VCE’s Vblock into the reference architecture for their managed Private Cloud service. I thought I’d write a quick post reflecting on the discussions as there were a couple of interesting points that were raised. No names I’m afraid as I need to respect a client confidentiality agreement. For the skeptics, it’s worth… Read More »

The End of Orchestration?

Been away this last week, lying by a pool in the Canary Islands, so apologies for the lack of posts! I did say that I’d write a post about a session I attended at VMworld before I went away, but I had to catch up on a few customer commitments at the end of the week before I went on vacation so I didn’t get a chance to do this then. I promised a… Read More »

Notes from VMworld Europe 2011

I attended my first big technology event since joining EMC this week. VMworld 2011 in Copenhagen. I arrived here on Monday afternoon and this has been my first opportunity to sit down at a keyboard and actually get some thoughts down on the event, which should give you some flavour as to how insanely packed my agenda has been. For me, the program so far has been something like this: Monday… 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 »

The EBC Experience

Back after a short break! Partly because it’s just hard to sustain a post rate of one every other day, so perhaps I was a little bit overambitious last week? Another factor is that I spent the first couple of days of this week at EMC’s Executive Briefing Center in Cork, Ireland, hosting (if you excuse the pun) a major hosting service provider that EMC works with here in the… Read More »