50% on S3? AWS Helping Google Into the Game or Stopping the Cloud Race to Zero?

Screenshot_228One day after Google announced a substantial price reduction for their cloud services, Amazon announced their own dramatic price reduction on several AWS offerings. This move will reduce the revenues of one of Amazon’s most profitable services, the S3, by about 50%. What were the AWS leaders thinking just before Andy Jassy went on the SF summit stage?

This decision raises a few questions about Amazon’s market strategy. Why would a leading company willingly cut their successful stream of revenues so suddenly in light of a new competition? Aside from the profit loss, Will this move – stop the IaaS vendors’ race to zero? will it position GCP a notable player in the cloud arena, as AWS largest direct competitor.

Continue reading

Enterprise Cloud Adoption – the Boiling Frog Syndrome

boiling-frog[G u e s t   P o s t] There is no doubt that cloud is an important resource for the enterprise CIO to use when building or extending their data centers. The cloud can be on-premises, within your colocation, or hosted by one of the growing public cloud vendors. Over the past few years I have been deeply involved in discussions about the great changes experienced by the enterprise IT.

Continue reading

Cloud Academy: Test Drive Your Cloud Skills

Cloud academyAccording to IDC’s prediction, 7 million new cloud related IT jobs will be created by 2015. As cloud is still evolving, there is an overall lack of knowledge, skills and experience in the IT industry. This is intensified by the fact that new cloud features and innovations are introduced weekly by cloud service vendors, especially by the AWS cloud guys. The constant expansion of the cloud world is causing this knowledge gap to constantly increase.

Continue reading

DevOps – Office Discouraged 2

devops[G u e s t   P o s t]  As discussed in my previous post, there are many issues that tag along with the concept of a traditional office space. However, the constant interruptions, distractions and whole slew of other obstacles that keep us from having a productive work day have finally met their match with the implementation of DevOps and remotely distributed ‘office’ cultures. With a few simple tools, your office can do a complete 180 in terms of its level of employee satisfaction and consequently, productivity.
Continue reading

Why Multi-Cloud? Evolution, Freedom

multicloud configuration

What drives the creation of countless apps, tools and platforms in the IT market today?

The ever-growing web as well as the `consumerization of IT` provide end users with an abundance of options and full discretion. We now understand the vital need to internalize the concept of spreading knowledge and information across a variety of applications and platforms as a means to thrive. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to utilize multiple clouds.

Continue reading

Cooladata – Consumerization of Big Data and Online User Behavior

Cooladata logoLast week CoolaData guys announced their platform general availability. The following post is based on few discussions I had with the company founders.

In his 20 years of experience working in the field of data analysis, Guy Greenberg, a co-founder of CoolaData, came to realize that there is no simple way to work out a Big Data without turning to professional services and integrating several systems. For instance, one might need to incorporate Hadoop with ETL and visualization tools.

Continue reading

DevOps – Offices Discouraged

devops[G u e s t   P o s t] Every company, technological ones in particular, is faced with a long list of challenges concerning productive work environments. For starters, traditional concepts of hiring local talents, which may or may not exist, and having all employees work together in the same office space have proven, over the years, to bring about a number of interruptions and fairly unproductive work environments. What is lacking is focus.

Continue reading

OpenStack: A Community Torn Apart – Freedland, Bias and Scoble

The OpenStack Battle - taken from Freedland Presentation

The OpenStack Battle – taken from Freedland’s Presentation

Last month, I attended the OpenStack summit in Tel Aviv.  This was yet another great event brought to us by the brilliant Gigaspaces team (especially @shar1z) headed by one of the most important cloud evangelists in Israel and the world, @natishalom.

OpenStack aims to provide the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. Wikipedia

Continue reading

Cloud Model 2014: Hybrid, Google, Brokerage, Startups and The Enterprise

I am OnDemand Predictions2013 has been incredibly eventful for the cloud industry, mostly for making itself an eminent presence in the mainstream IT market. Businesses of all sizes have made their ways to the cloud, confirming my 2013 predictions. Government agencies worldwide take the cloud seriously, as demonstrated by the CIA’s contract switch over to Amazon from IBM. AWS has proven its rapid pace of innovation and has introduced great leaders who have completely replaced the concept of sluggish IT servers with instances. While the market is still small, I believe it will take over the IT market sooner than some of us think. I am not alone in my forecast… another analyst predicted that AWS will become a $50B business in 2015, which means it will multiply 12 times its size from last year. So, have a look at my 2013 predictions and read on to see what 2014 has in store for the world of cloud computing. Continue reading

DevOps and Continuous Delivery Symbiosis

devops[G u e s t   P o s t]   The term “DevOps” has been floating around the IT industry since 2009, yet a very select number of people seem to actually understand what it means. Companies make efforts to create DevOps teams, appoint DevOps managers, and even seek outside consulting, but the main point that is missing is that there is no one person, or small group of people within a company that can “do” DevOps. It is a culture that needs to be accepted and practiced by the company as a whole. Only then can it effectively contribute to the ultimate goal of customer satisfaction.

Continue reading