Last week, I presented a session on the democratization of IT. The short version is this: When every employee has better technology in their pocket than they do on their desk at work, and when it’s easy and cheap to deploy new applications that fly under the radar of enterprise IT controls, IT is no longer a monopoly, and it needs to shift what it does dramatically in order to stay relevant.
Yesterday, we opened up the Delivery Strategies track at Enterprise 2.0 with a session called, “apps don’t deploy themselves.” The basic idea was that IT managers have many more options to consider when deploying applications, from the platforms on which things run to the economics of building versus buying.
Here’s the deck in Slideshare.
There was a question from the audience: “Gee, Steve, what’s the difference between what you’re proposing and straight up virtualization?”
Good question. Glad you asked. Good enough question in fact to insert part 1.5 inbetween parts 1 and 2.
The definition of cloud computing remains nebulous at best. We’re entering a phase where everything is claiming to be a cloud — if you offer something hosted, it’s a cloud. By such a loose definition, the tech biz has been selling clouds since we’ve been renting mainframe time. To offer a little contrast, Amazon EC2 is a huge cluster of virtual machines that you rent a-la cheap dedicated virtual servers. Continue reading “The Enterprise Cloud (part 1.5)”
I was hassled by Alistair last year about the infrastructure choices at my company because I chose not to leverage the capacity and cost benefits of EC2. The reason, I explained, had everything to do with SLAs. My servers dish up content and application flow for phone calls. Jitter and delay are everything in that scenario because unlike web browsers that give visual cues to show they’re working, a phone call just gives dead air. And dead air is dangerous. Continue reading “The Enterprise Cloud (part 1)”