Archive for November, 2009

From the Gartner Symposium

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Gartner published a paper yesterday summarizing the “Highlights of the Infrastructure and Operations Track at the recent Symposium”

Pulled out one interesting piece because we very much believe in the blended model of internal and external IT.

Is Private Cloud Computing the Future of I&O?

Private cloud computing is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to internal customers using Internet technologies. I&O leaders may find private cloud computing attractive because it poses fewer risks than public cloud computing, such as vendor immaturity, service interruptions, lack of custom capabilities and security, privacy and legal issues.
Still, Gartner thinks that even private cloud computing won’t be the sole means of delivering IT anytime soon. Enterprises will rely on a blended model of public and private cloud and on more-traditional IT capabilities. For services destined to be “cloudsourced” someday, enterprises should evaluate the return on investment from developing private cloud services while waiting for external offerings to mature.

Remember when the mainframe died?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Anyone remember that? Unfortunately I do, and of course it didn’t die, but there was such a seismic shift to client/server, that new winners were born that could deal with the new distributed architectures.

Similar situation with Cloud versus the internal datacenter. Cloud will more likely become an extension of the datacenter rather than replace entirely in large companies. Companies will need to manage internal and external in a single view…hence Unified Monitoring.

Here’s a trip down memory lane for you…..remember this….

Austin, Texas, January 24, 1996 — Tivoli Systems Inc. today reported revenues of $15.7 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 1995 compared to revenues of $8.6 million for the fourth quarter of 1994.

And then what happened 1 week later….

ARMONK, N.Y., January 31, 1996 . . . IBM and Tivoli Systems Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement….The net cash cost of the transaction to IBM is expected to be $743 million

Yep, IBM acquired Tivoli for $743m after Tivoli had just completed a year with revenue of less than $50m. Nearly 15x revenue.

Yes, it was a huge price to pay (I remember most people being stunned at the time) but they’ve since sold billions of dollars of Tivoli products.

Meanwhile, how is this for a retro web site…


Blocking the aisles at Gartner ITxpo in Cannes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Looks like word is getting around. By far the busiest booth – blocking the aisles. We overheard other vendors telling Gartner that they would pay a premium to be in the booth next to us next year. Sweet!