When vendors and marketers get their hands on an IT concept, it doesn't take long for that concept to morph into a totally new business opportunity and possibly a new market segment. Such is the story of cloud computing.
Stories by Frank Dzubeck
What is the "L" word? It's latency.
Having seen many vendor presentations announcing new products and strategies recently, I’ve noticed a common thread. The IT world has embraced the concept of total multi-vendorism based upon agreed-to industry standards.
In the past year we’ve seen increased demand for VoIP, most notably in the consumer peer-to-peer market. With Skype leading the way, peer-to-peer VoIP has attracted major industry players such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and AOL.
In the future, corporations will use business-based policy management to control costs, allocate finite infrastructure resources, manage application access and police security. With the advent of on-demand and utility computing, as well as compute and storage virtualisation, corporate concerns about policy ownership issues have risen to new heights. The major concern is that business-based policy must be end to end and be set by corporate management, then translated into deployment policies within the policy islands of infrastructure operations; user workflow; network, storage and server infrastructure; and application software.