Server virtualisation - the ability to have a single central processing unit run multiple instances of an operating system such that every application appears to be running on a dedicated server - has been the enabling technology behind the meteoric rise of cloud computing.
Gartner's annual CIO survey is an ambitious exercise. For the 2015 edition, Gartner grilled 2,800 CIOs who between them accounted for $US397 billion of IT spend and $US202.5 billion of infrastructure and operations (I&O) spend (it did not elaborate on the distinction).
Heard the term "Cloud Autonomics"? No? I'm not surprised. Put that phrase into Google and from its gargantuan repository of knowledge it is ale to extract only 78 references ("Cloud computing" will get you about 128 million hits). That situation might be about to change.
Hybrid, crossbreed, combination, even mongrel – essentially they mean the same thing and are different elements coming together as a new entity.
Access to information was the first field to be democratized: remember when all online wisdom was locked away in databases like Dialog, access to which was controlled and managed by specialists librarians and researchers - the modern equivalents of the high priestesses of the Oracle at Delphi? The Internet and search engines put an end to all that.
No business is immune to a cyber-attack. It can wreak havoc on the IT environment, and on the bottom line. Precautions to prevent it are essential, but not foolproof. As with any other kind of risk, insurance is one way of limiting the financial fallout from a successful attack. However, despite the ever-increasing incidence of cyber crime, cyber insurance is still in its infancy.
Most people in IT are probably familiar with the Gartner Hype Cycle. It is a model that can be applied to the maturation of almost any new technology. There is technology trigger leading to a peak of inflated expectations, a trough of disillusionment, slope of enlightenment and finally a plateau of productivity.
These are challenging times for CIOs and IT departments, and I suspect few would disagree with the following summary of the current situation
Press releases that put a ‘spin’ - a particular bias - on the underlying facts are nothing new. However, it’s rather strange when a company ‘spins’ the findings of a study it has commissioned, but that’s exactly what NBN Co did last week in a press release entitled: “The cloud to bring big sky thinking for Aussie small businesses.”
Are you suffering from prediction overload? I am. I've been filing away the 2015 forecasts from sundry analyst firms, software vendors and others for the last couple of weeks and now the total has topped the 20 mark. Here's my take on some of the most interesting.