Beth Cohen is a cloud strategist for Verizon, helping to develop cutting-edge products for the next generation. Previously, Beth was president of Luth Computer Specialists, an independent consultancy specializing in cloud-focused solutions to help enterprises leverage the efficiencies of cloud architectures and technologies, a senior cloud architect with Cloud Technology Partners, and the director of engineering IT for BBN Corporation, where she was involved with the initial development of the Internet and worked on some of the hottest networking and web technology protocols in their infancy.
Cloud marketplaces, where customers can purchase component applications, have been around for a few years, but with an increasing interest in moving enterprise applications to cloud services, there is a new push to add features and functionality that appeal to not only their core SMB market segment.
Cloud technology has certainly had a great ride over the past ten years, transforming the way companies consume IT services, remaking the way applications are built, and giving companies the flexibility to apply IT systems to business challenges in ways never imagined before. Where is it going next?
Technology companies are rushing to establish market domination by creating platforms and interface standards to support their version of the IoT vision. With all the hype, it is hard to cut through to the reality that IoT applications only work if all the moving pieces are well-integrated.
Is your wireless network just not keeping up with your need for faster content and app delivery? The recently announced 802.11ac wireless standards have the potential to change the network landscape by bringing high-bandwidth-demanding streaming media content to a wide variety of wireless devices.
Do you find that the orchestration tools for building applications in the cloud are missing key functionality? Some companies are building tools that integrate the application and network layers, which will allow developers to build cloud applications across hybrid environments faster and easier.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, is the latest of many male technology leaders who has stuck his foot firmly in his mouth on the topic of female advancement. His comments raise questions on just how far women have come and what can be done to implement fairer and more effective hiring practices.
For years, specialized data center management companies packaged collocation and managed hosting services for their customers. Long the bread and butter of many data centers, is there still a place for managed hosting services now that public cloud IaaS is a well-established $13 billion industry?