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What Ever Happened to Private Cloud?

Posted by Ellen Rubin on 2/24/15 10:17 AM

Every year, I take a close look at the RightScale State of the Cloud Report. It’s an excellent annual summary of cloud adoption and market trends. As someone who has been actively in the cloud since 2008, I feel that we’ve been living the classic “10-year adoption cycle” you typically see with huge technology shifts. Cloud changes everything, upending established vendors and markets and causing IT leadership teams to fundamentally rethink their roles and strategies.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Bringing the Cloud to Primary Data , Founder's Perspective


Up or Down the Stack – Or, Why Now Is a Great Time to Build an Infrastructure Company

Posted by Ellen Rubin on 2/12/15 9:08 AM

Back at the end of the dot-com era, when consumer ruled, I joined Netezza, a still-unknown data warehousing startup. Not only was data warehousing a stodgy, consolidated market that hadn’t seen innovation in over a decade, but enterprise infrastructure (and systems companies in particular) also looked pretty boring and un-hip. It was extremely fun to up-end the analysts and talking heads by showing them that it was possible to create a new category and challenge the large incumbents (Oracle, IBM, et al) head on.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective


Turning a Crisis into Opportunity

Posted by Laz Vekiarides on 2/5/15 4:13 PM

One of the inevitabilities of any industry as it matures is that it becomes more cyclical. Those of us who have been around to experience a few booms and busts know firsthand that this is even more true for IT. Indeed, the big question is not whether tectonic shifts happen, but addressing when they will happen and how. The reason we decided to form ClearSky more than a year ago was that we felt the timing was approaching perfection.

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Topics: Enterprise Storage, Founder's Perspective