Who Should Provide Your Cloud Infrastructure and How Would You Like to Pay?

M. Halama
M. Halama

Summary Bullets:

  • Data centres and networks, above all else, are key to enabling any cloud service.
  • The gatekeepers of infrastructure will not reap the early and mid-term rewards of cloud services.

Data centres and public networks are key to enabling clouds, whether they are IaaS, PaaS or SaaS; hybrid, private or public clouds.  The very notion of ‘the cloud’ springs from the visualization of networks and data centre elements as a cloud.  Without data centres, cloud content and applications have nowhere to be stored and interaction would not be possible.  Without public networks, cloud customers could not access centralized data centres.  So, data centre owners and network providers reasonably expect to gather a major chunk of the value from customers’ spending in the growing cloud market. Continue reading “Who Should Provide Your Cloud Infrastructure and How Would You Like to Pay?”

Security: Thinking Big

A. Braunberg
A. Braunberg

Summary Bullets:

  • Dell clearly believes that security is an important strategic capability.
  • There is no standard model for how large technology companies become leading security vendors.

Dell’s acquisition this week of SonicWALL got me thinking again about market consolidation and the geography of the security industry.  What does it say (if anything) about the current state of the security industry that Dell feels the need to be a serious security player?  That question leads to other important questions.  How important is it for large IT technology vendors to have security expertise?  Moreover, if they have that expertise, where should it live organizationally? Continue reading “Security: Thinking Big”