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One petabyte a day: That’s how much data BMW’s Connected Drive cars will generate by 2017 reckons BMW Group IT infrastructure chief Mario Müller.

I took out this note while listening BMW group’s Cloud presentation at Telecom Cloud Services Summit at Berlin this year. M2M data will need a lot of IT capacity and the data produced by machines will be a real source of revenue. I realized that a lot of Telcos are still confused when it comes to M2M and Cloud business models. Many invested heavily into the infrastructure and getting ready for a big fight against global giants such as Amazon. Well, sure they can differentiate based on their local market demans but I am a bit sceptical to IaaS, except storage, at all.

I realized that when Telcos talk about M2M it was all about providing connectivity and mainly about infrastructure when it comes to the Cloud. None of the CSPs really talked about Big Data yet. I believe enterprises need more than basic connectivity and infrastructure. I think they need a solution, which will help them create business intelligence and value for them. I think big data analytics and ICT business solutions are the future for CSPs.

Around sixty percent of CSPs fear they’ll be bit-pipe providers in the M2M and Cloud market. To avoid this, they must have the ambition to take some more risk and be more innovative. I do not agree at all – as one Telco professional stated on the panel- “telcos are expected to be evolutionary not revolutionary”. Telcos need to better understand the business value of their offers and be more a complete ICT providers, extracting intelligence from the pipe – instead of simply delivering connection from A to B.

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What do you need to be a Cloud provider? You could be a Telco or an IT Reseller. Once you decided that you will provide Cloud services you need these capabilities.

1. A Cloud enabled data center

2. Platforms (app store, SSO, aggregation platform and so on…) to provide cloud

3. Monetize your services

4. Business development capabilities.

I think yet another important questions that you need to answer are;

1. What do we have internally today? (Because a lot of the things listed above can be outsourced as well)

2. Your ability to handle an ecosystem.

3. Your sales channels and capabilities

4. What will make you different? (Easy to do business with, price, quality, or what else…)

5. Applications and Infrastructure is commodity now, so you need to focus on business models and content instead.

Sit and think twice before you make any move towards Cloud. Make a good business case and take meaningful risks. Because the market is still emerging and Cloud is still “nice to have” not “must to have” at the moment.

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“The weakness of the telecom industry is that when it’s time to harvest the success of its investments, it rushes into new technology,” says Bengt Nordström, CEO and founder of Swedish firm Northstream. That is a reality and it is time for the next big thing in technology; Cloud Computing. Cloud, starting by virtualization and continues with a lot of innovation and user centric mobility is a fact but how Telecom operators then can make profit from Cloud Computing?

More and more people are using a Smartphone. As a result, increase sales steadily. Thus, in the last quarter of 2010 for the first time, more than 100 million Smartphone sold. In the same period, however, were only about 92 million computers sold. For the first time the Smartphone sales so get the computer sales. This gives us an interesting tips about the future of computing.  A possible reason for this is, however, the tablets, whose sales during the same period was dazzling. (more…)

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It has been almost a year since we had an internal meeting at HP Stockholm to discuss virtualization and cloud computing. Nowadays we see some analyst firms, IT experts talking about the similar stuff and delivering the same message as we did in the past; Virtualization is an overall catalyst to IT modernization and change and should be taken seriously. In addition to this, virtualization is one of the main roads heading into the Cloud Computing via Private Clouds.

Virtual machine penetration has increased 50% in the last year. Gartner believes that nearly 30% of all workloads running on x86 architecture servers are now running on virtual machines. (more…)

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HP Networking switches fall into three different families: Unmanaged switches, Web-managed switches, and fully managed switches, better known as managed switches.

  • Unmanaged switches offer the most basic functionality and are designed for small networks. They are plug and play: that is, the customer simply connects the switch into the network, and the switch begins to function without any setup or management required. Unmanaged switches provide basic Layer 2 switching and are not configurable. (more…)

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I had a presentation last week at HP Partner Summit at Stocholm about Cloud Computing Infrastructure and HP’s Trilogy offer. Well, trilogy in a basic is the infrastructure to build your private clouds on it. We beieve that after more than a decade of physical server sprawl, massive growth in storage requirements and the emergence of hierarchical network architectures, IT complexity has reached an all-time high.  Today, IT organizations are forced to act as their own systems integrators whereelse we think “there are not any IT project in the world; there are only business projects which need a lot of IT support”. Thats why we believe in business-ready infrastructures, which are converged and virtualized.

With the sprawl in IT systems, many customers find themselves with a complex and inflexible set of infrastructure that limits their ability to respond to changes in the business. For many, the goal of offering “IT as a service” remains elusive, and their legacy infrastructure is an increasingly larger part of their IT maintenance budget that constrains the ability of IT departments to launch new projects and innovate. Trilogy is, at this point, a great option to consider. Just have a look at to my presentation below and feel free to comment.

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I made an easy to understand definition of what internal (private) cloud and public cloud are. As I mentioned in my previous entry, I personally believe that we will see more and more internal cloud projects coming up in the market soon. Once this step is done, people will start connecting their internal clouds to each other or to external clouds. Then this will be the real cloud hype; a mix of internal and external clouds.

I think a sushi piece is a quite good example of an internal (private) cloud. Because it is a unit, which consist of server, storage, network, power& cooling, management software, infrastructure consultancy and support services and they all work perfectly together. Since business is changing because of some reason; competition, market regulation or any other reason, internal clouds will not be enough for business requirements. Once people need to connect it with other cloud stacks in the future, other internal and/or external clouds, then they will create their own plates, depending on their requirements, filled by different types of sushis, which will work perfectly with each other.

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Cloud computing is the hottest topic to talk about these days between IT people. Some really flatter the words while at the same time some others are a bit gun shy to talk about it. Cloud computing has been seen as a “golden bullet” to use/manage IT. Will it really help IT to be the “GPS of Business”. Are we really there now? As a young IT professional, I decided to give it a try to explain what I personally believe.

I would like to divide the phase into three main group as; Virtualization, Private Clouds (Internal Clouds), Public Clouds. It all started by virtualization of x86 machines. In today’s distributed environments, where up to 85 percent of computing capacity sits idle, there is a tremendous amount of waste, waste that companies no longer can afford. Maintaining current IT infrastructure sucks up about 70 percent of today’s IT budgets while new solutions and capabilities go begging. So, there was a big utilization problem and virtualization solved it successfully. Now, it is a main stream approach and has been already applied by a big portion of the enterprises. The ability to consolidate large server farms and better utilize hardware is a proven route to significant cost savings, and may also assist with corporate green initiatives in reducing CO2 emissions.

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I have been involved in some Storage projects at HP these days and started to get my foots wet. I can not say I am a real professional on storage virtualization yet, but slowly surely I am emerging. Since I like to share my knowledge, I decided to write this blog post about storage virtualization.

Storage today is typically 10-15 percent of a typical IT budget, but it is only purchasing costs included. To sum it, we need to add personnel costs of operating, support and maintenance and the electricity and cooling costs as well. It obviously varies between different companies, but it is estimated amount of purchases of hardware and software and service on this for about 20-50 percent of the total cost. While the data center power and cooling account for 10-20 percent. Operation and management costs is therefore of 30-50 percent. So, the biggest area to save money is management and administaration areas, where many repetitive data should be automated (Storage Deduplication). Review your processes! Being able to free up staff for other tasks of course leads to cost savings. (more…)

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