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Among other things, Craig Lowery is an IT industry analyst at Gartner Inc., covering cloud computing topics such as managed cloud services, cloud cost management, and platform as a service. Before that, he was a Senior Distinguished Engineer and the Executive Director of Cloud Architecture in the Dell Software Group at Dell Inc. focusing on cloud computing, with special emphasis on workload mobility and hybrid cloud.
This site is a personal endeavor representing his own views and observations about whatever seems to be interesting at the moment. Opinions and views expressed here are not necessarily those of Gartner Inc.
Author Archives: Craig
“If you are running your IT systems in a traditional private data center, you are already locked-in, and not in a good way.” I was recently in a job interview before a panel of IT industry analysts, defending my positions … Continue reading
I’m a big believer in formal education because of the importance of understanding “first principles” – the foundational elements upon which engineers design and build things. The strengths and weaknesses of any such product are direct results of the designer’s … Continue reading
“Cracking the code of how to best implement and monetize APIs is crucial to success in the emerging API economy.” Part 5 – The Planet of the APIs After a brief holiday hiatus, we’re back to inspect the multiple aspects … Continue reading
“Cloud isn’t a technology. It’s a force of nature.” Part 3 – The Power of Steam I’ve previously advanced the notion that the IT industry has reached and is in the act of collectively crossing a synchronization barrier – … Continue reading
Part 1 – The New Steely Eyes of IT Just like the Star Trek episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before” depicts the wondrous, perhaps frightening aspects of traversing a Big Cosmic Line, we’re likewise coming to a barrier of … Continue reading
Part 2 – A Universal Service Model In my previous post, I introduced the idea that all cloud services are “platform as a service,” especially when we think of the entire Internet as the platform, and the various services available … Continue reading
Part 1: IaaS != Entrée Most discussions aimed at answering the question “What is cloud computing?” start with the three service models as defined by NIST: IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. At this point, I won’t offend you by assuming you need … Continue reading
Part 1 – Privacy Ain’t the Same As Security Most people consider the word privacy solely in the context of cloud deployment models, where a private cloud is one reserved strictly for the use of a specific group of people that have … Continue reading
I’ve long wanted more automation and remote control over my house, but until recently such wasn’t possible without a lot of special project boards, wiring, gaps in functionality and – most importantly – time. Now, with the Internet of Things … Continue reading
Part 2 – Distributing the Security Perimeter In part 1 of this series, we examined the fallacy that physical ownership and control of hardware, combined with multi-layered perimeter defense strategies, leads to the most secure IT deployments. In the hyper-connected cloud era, … Continue reading