Compute power traded as a commodity is an interesting idea. How would that work exactly? What would be the traded medium? That might to too Wild West for folks with sensitive data. A lot of things around the cloud that protect data, assign liability and guarantee uptime are extremely vaulable. I don't see them as tradable items, necessarily. Maybe this would work after years of the cloud showing itself to be reliable and safe. Intriguing, tho...
Interesting observation...the C suite does seem a bit crowded. Much depends on the individual in any C level role although the job title suggests the orientation. I would tend to agree when it comes to many of these big retailers whose credit card data has been hacked. Thing is I bet at least one or two has a CDO. If data is compromised, whatever the CDO does doesn't matter.
Ya know, Bill, I think the cloud cloud could survive a few meltdowns or certainly outages if that's what you mean. The public cloud already has. There's no reason to think that cloud is any less safe or reliable than a home grown data center. The central cloud issues are data ownership and reliability as well as uptime.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.