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Adaptivity at Cloud Expo Here are the 11 key components that enable IT organizations to operationalize an enterprise cloud: 1. ECONOMIC MODEL Define the business and IT linkage of demand and supply. Orient the analysis and model creations around the interactive dynamics of consumption of IT resources by the business and the fulfillment behavior of processing by IT. This needs to be correlated with the value-chain function and the corresponding products or services, differentiated by business type (liquidity, risk transference, advice), business importance (margin, labor, flow) and cost to transact. 2. DEMAND MAPPING In natural language terms, define and capture the “day in the life of the business” — what it expects and where there are problems. Be sure to understand sensitivities to cost, bottlenecks and timing constraints — in particular, the quality attributes... (more)

Nine Steps To an Enterprise Cloud Service Utility

Adaptivity Keynote at Cloud Expo Virtualization is the topic du jour in IT today. The technology is cool, the attributes are slick and now the stock market even is tracking it. The adoption problem that is facing virtualization strategies stems from a bottom up IT driven approach versus a top down business aligned approach. Furthermore, the technology is limitingin value unless it is implemented as a “virtual enterprise cloud service oriented platform architecture” with a dynamic operational model. The playbook for exploiting virtualizaiton AND other key enabling technology comp... (more)

IT Change Management: The Foundation to the Cloud

IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date. Too often IT departments seem resigned to accepting mediocre results, as if the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspects refuse to comply with these manual processes to keep a CMDB updated. This creates the number one barrier to moving to some form of a cloud-like delivery model. Furthermore, advancements in virtualization have made the situation worse, as software resources have been severed from physical resources. T... (more)

Fit for Purpose Datacenters to Enable Clouds

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The trigger for this post is a conversation I've had far too often with an IT executive who has  an ambitious plan to leverage hypervisor virtualization to create a new data center infrastructure upon which his entire business would run.  The goals are laudable; dramatic cost reductions, increased availability, decreased time to market (as measured by how long it takes to provision a VM)...all things any sensible business or IT executive wants, right?  But when I asked about their plans for business applications that didn't fit his deployment opti... (more)

How the Enterprise Cloud Computing Affects the Datacenter

Adaptivity at Cloud Expo There are a variety of applications that support numerous business lines across an enterprise. These applications exhibit a wide range of operational characteristics as they service the diverse business demands. That diversity is the key to business success, but it has consequences. Ask an enterprise application architect about how IT should run a data center and you will find that the range of behaviours exhibited across the portfolio of applications cannot be run on one set of standard platform configurations. Most critical applications have extreme ope... (more)