Cloud Top 100 Brands and Individuals
Recently I was recognized by Onalytica as one of the top 100 individuals who influence the cloud. I earn this distinction from Onalytica through a methodology they had created. Using their methodology Onalytica evaluated 89 days worth tweets on a number of topics surrounding all things cloud. This meant over million individual tweets and interactions were evaluated as part of this determination. Over 160,000 individual users where looked at. The results of this analysis were published in a free report. To obtain a copy of the free report click on the link http://www.onalytica.com/blog/posts/cloud-top-100-influencers-brands/
This is not the first time I have been recognized for my influence on the cloud. A number of years ago Talkin’Cloud published the Top 200 Cloud Computing Executives and Experts List. Its nice to know that the opinions I share on twitter and my blog Michaelcorey.com are making a difference. Talkin’Cloud is site that I followed for a number of years and I really like the work of Joe Panettieri. I recommend you take the time to look at Takin’Cloud.
Top Cloud Thoughts
As I look back on the many things I have commented on, I think to myself what stands out as note worthy. What were the thoughts that I shared on the Cloud and other items that are having an impact. What follows are a few of the thoughts I shared that stand out.
When Amazon goes down, to many it must have felt like the Internet itself had gone down. To put the size of Amazon Web Service in perspective AWS is bigger than the next 4 cloud infrastructure providers in total. To quote Sean Hull of Iheavy speaking on AWS dominance “What is the downside of such dominance? What happened yesterday illustrates it clearly. When Amazon goes down, so do financial companies like Experian,”
It just does not make sense to have all your eggs in one basket. For companies like Netflix, Experian, Yelp to have such a reliance on one vendor just does not make good business sense. They paid a very serious price for their sole reliance on AWS. The Amazon Web Services outage put these companies out of business for quite a while. Must be nice to have such deep pockets.
AWS CLOUD – Does Not Eat its Own Dog Food
Ironically AWS does not 100% utilize the cloud the way they tell other’s they should. Let me say that again Amazon Web Services does not 100% utilize the cloud the way they tell other’s they should. At least AWS was smart enough to not follow their own advice.
In the August 4th Edition of the Wall Street Journal, the article Cloud Computing Kingpins Slow to Adapt own Movement – Services like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have the same worries as their customers: reliability and security by Robert McMillan talks about how “For nearly a decade, Amazon Web Services, the giant retailer’s cloud computing division, has told prospective customers: Ditch your data center and trust us to run your applications, store your data and host your internal software development“. Yet Amazon.com Inc. itself doesn’t fully run in the cloud.
Its not just Amazon. Robert article talks about how Google, Microsoft and IBM still keep certain function on private servers. As a parent, this would be like raising a child with do as I say, not as I do. We have all seen how that turns out.
I used the expression Eat your own dog food. Let me share with you an example of what happens when a vendor eats their own dog food. In the early days, Oracle E-Business Suite had a lot of issues. A major turning point for Oracle E-Business Suite was when they started to eat their own dog food. What I mean by that, when they started to run Oracle corporation on their own developed software(Oracle E-Business Suite), the quality of Oracle E-Business suite got a lot better.
Unified Cloud – Cloud Strategy Just Makes Sense
No one disputes the fact that Amazon, Microsoft, Google can buy infrastructure at a scale and cost structure that very few companies will ever be able to match. But buying infrastructure by the drink, is not always the cheapest way to purchase. Not even AWS, Google, Microsoft or IBM keeps every thing in the cloud today. Having one business as a sole provider of critical business infrastructure is never a winning business strategy. Just ask Experian how that recently worked out for them!
We all know the first-hand dangers when one vendor has a such a monopoly on an industry. Unified Cloud is your best defense against vendor lock-in.
What is a Unified Cloud
A Unified Cloud integrates private and public-cloud deployments, providing users with a centralized way to manage it all. This means today that a HOSTING Customer can look at a given workload, put it on the right platform, at the right time, mange it all from one interface and all in a safe secure manner. This strategy prevent vendor lock-in. As a customer leveraging a Unified Cloud Strategy you might have some workloads on Amazon Web Services, other workloads on Microsoft Azure and other workloads on a private cloud. As the Customer you put the pieces of the infrastructure puzzle together that best support your organization in the most efficient manner with one throat to choke and one place to manage it all. As the consumer of the services you always have multiple suppliers to choose from. In this example. Experian could have some of their workload on Microsoft Azure, some of it on Amazon Web Services and some of it on a Private Cloud. The AWS outage would not have taken Experian out of business.
Unified Cloud is available today! ! ! Click here to learn more about a the HOSTING Unified Cloud Solution. Don’t continue to be victim of Vendor Lock-in, or reliant on a single cloud provider for your critical cloud infrastructure.
To me a Unified Cloud Strategy is the only way to deploy long term in the cloud. There are just too many benefits to adopting this way of doing business in the cloud.
A lot has been happening of late in information technology. The New York Stock Exchange outage, the United Airlines Outage, the U.S. office of Personnel Management security break-in, The TD-Ameritrade issues. To quote my own blog article “The first thought that came to my mind was a quote from Allan Hirt (Twitter: @SQLHA) in an online discussion we had the other day on United Airlines. To quote Allan “You will die by incompetence well before hackers get in””.
What is clear to me, all these issue could have been avoided. Just as auditors review a company’s financials to determine if they are a going concern, I feel all companies should have outside technology audits on an annual basis to look at process, security, internal controls and a number of other objectives.
A number of years ago at Ntirety we took a hard look at ourselves. We asked are we doing everything possible to make sure we are providing the highest possible quality service to our clients. We set a high standard for ourselves and then more importantly we are living up to that standard.
To ensure we live up to the standards we have at Ntirety a number of 3rd party audits of our People, Process and Technology happen every year. A good example of this is the MSPAlliance MSP/Cloud Verify Program. We were one of the first companies to adopt the MSPAlliance standards.
Quality Services Require Quality Process, People & Technology
An independent 3rd party audit is a lot of work but it worth it if you are serious about quality. Get your head out of the sand and begin to make quality part of your company DNA. By preparing for and letting a 3rd party take a look under the covers you will be a better company for it. Anyone running a SQL Server Database should get a copy of The Disruption Epidemic Report. The report is free, full of useful data and will help you figure out if your organization has a ticking time bomb you don’t know about.
Here are a few of the key findings fromThe Disruption Epidemic Report:
- 90% of SQL Server instances failed the Disaster Recovery Review
- 88% of SQL Server instances failed the SQL Server Configuration Review
- 40% of SQL Server instances failed the Security Review
- 39% of SQL Server instances failed the Database Backup Review
What is clear, a third party review could have prevented these outages. The next question to ask yourself Is Your Database The Next Ticking Time Bomb? If it can happen to the New York Stock Exchange, Netflix, Experian or United Airlines, it can happen to anyone.
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