Author Archives: Craig

What’s Worse than Cloud Service Provider Lock-in?

“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

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Outdated Best Practices: How Experienced Programmers May Fail at Building Cloud Systems

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

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (5)

“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

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier (3)

  “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

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Approaching the IT Transformation Barrier

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

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A New Way to Think about Cloud Service Models (Part 2)

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

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A New Way to Think about Cloud Service Models (Part 1)

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

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Privacy: The Cloud Model’s Waterloo?

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

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Becoming an IoT Automation Geek

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

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The Myth of Cloud Insecurity (cont.)

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

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