After the first day of DellWorld, I ask Barton George how it’s been going. He talks about the modular datacenter and other conversations he’d been having.
Piston Cloud Computing, Inc. is today emerging from stealth and introducing its new enterprise-ready cloud operating system for private clouds called pentOS. The new OS is built on OpenStack, the open source IaaS cloud computing project that now has over 1,450 contributors and 110 participating companies, including NASA, Rackspace, Citrix, Intel, Cisco, Arista Networks, Microsoft and Dell.
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Yahoo board members sent an email to update the company’s some 14,000 employees (currently toiling in limbo) on the progress they are making in their strategic review. Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and co-founders David Filo and Jerry Yang said Yahoo’s advisors at Allen & Co. are fielding inquiries from “multiple parties that have already expressed interest in a number of potential options.” The process, the memo says, could take months. Yahoo’s board fired Carol Bartz as chief executive earlier this month. It is now reviewing its options, which are chiefly selling parts or all of the company. The email said the company is also looking for a permanent CEO. But sources have told the Los Angeles Times that new leadership is the least likely of the options. That was not reflected in much of the email, which said: “Together, we can write the next great chapter in the Yahoo! story and secure our place as one of those rarities: an internet company that endures.”
Doodle: The Future of Corporate IT
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A few Corporate IT doodles for Friday.
Exhibit A: That is the state of Corporate IT - sandwiched between the needs of end users who want the goods and line of business and CIO budgets constantly asking IT to do more with less.
Exhibit B: When there’s “no server” in the datacenter (yes, there will still be servers in the cloud provider datacenter). When everything that an end user needs in IT is in the cloud, what does IT really do? I would hypothesize that all IT needs to do at that point is manage interactions of end users with the cloud as needed. What does “manage interactions” mean? provisioning application seats and managing identity and access management of end users to the provisioned application seats.
Exhibit C: If A and B are true, then what does the IT landscape look like? There are four pillars: 1) the App Store - where end users come to get their apps (this is the storefront for cloud access), 2) the Cloud Provider(s’) datacenter - where the App Store is hosted, 3) the Businesses that have a slimmed down version of current day Corporate IT - where IT is simply managing end user interactions 4) Developers - who create the Apps.
If you are an IT vendor, you need to (re?)evaluate to whom you are selling to, what products and services you are going to provide to the four pillars described in Exhibit C. If you are a business consumer of IT, how ready are you to get to scenario in Exhibit C?
Doodles appear in reverse order - C, B, A.
In this brief recording (the first of the CoteIndustries.com Podcast), Prabhakar and I discuss our time at VMworld 2011 and Prabhakar’s recent post on VMware’s acquisition strategy.
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