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Blueprint4IT on Ulitzer In this exclusive Q&A for SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal with Cloud Expo Conference Chair, Jeremy Geelan, Tony Bishop - Founder & CEO of Adaptivity - discusses Adaptivity's "IT Transformation Factory" and their Cloud Computing strategy. Bishop gave a General Session at the 5th Cloud Expo in New York in April entitled "Understanding the Relationship Between Workloads and the Cloud." About Tony Bishop: As Chairman and CEO, he leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for Adaptivity's key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking ... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Exclusive Q&A with a Cloud Revolutionary

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Adaptivity, Inc, the company that is putting "IT Blueprinting" on the map of Enterprise IT, is adamant: IT must invest in architecture and engineering, and it must do so right away, here and now in 2010, 2011 and beyond. An innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations, before founding Adaptivity Bishop served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia's Corporate Investment Banking Technology Group, where his team designed, built, and implemented a leading-edge service-oriented architecture and utility computing infrastructure. So he knows whereof he speaks. And speak he does, including an upcoming keynote on The Enterprise Cloud Revolution that he is due to deliver next month at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, t... (more)

Can You Depend on the Cloud?

Okay, so the title is a shameless attempt to grab your attention - glad it worked! But in truth this week's blog is actually about what your applications depend on, and understanding what impact deployment in a Cloud environment may have. As we continue the discussion about the potential mistakes with Cloud (see here), this week we are diving into Service Dependencies. What do we mean by Service Dependencies? Anyone who's had the pleasure of doing a sizable data center move or consolidation project knows exactly what we mean. They are the annoying little links between applications and/or services that seem to defy documentation and slip from the memory of the application development team when interviewed. They are the reason most data center move projects end up significantly over budget. At this point you may be asking why we are talking about this here...after al... (more)

Adaptivity Chairman and CEO Launches His Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer

Adaptivity Chairman and CEO Tony Bishop launched today his Cloud Computing Blog on Ulitzer, Tony is the Founder and CEO of Adaptivity. As Chairman and CEO, Tony leads the team and provides hands-on coaching, thought leadership and executive strategy support for our key clients and partners. He is an innovative IT executive, with an excellent track record in strategy, design, and the implementation of business-aligned enterprise technology platforms across large organizations. He most recently served as SVP and Chief Architect of Wachovia’s Corporate Investment Banking Technology Group, where his team designed, built, and implemented a leading-edge service-oriented architecture and utility computing infrastructure. Tony and our team have been recognized by the industry with awards from InfoWorld, ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Waters, and Wall Street & Technology, amo... (more)

Adaptivity CEO Addresses Workloads and Cloud Computing

Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop took his audience through a tour of what the self-described geek thinks is of critical importance when looking at workloads and cloud computing, in general session at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. "Who are the users? What do they want? How much are they willing to pay for it?," he asked rhetorically. "These are questions you need to address early, this is information you must collect before you even start thinking about the compute. Are you capturing this information (early) in the process?" he asked during his presentation. Key areas to address are: low latency, complex transactions, information integration, ubiquitous users, and numerical processing, he noted. "Measuring, metering, and monitoring the work, and understand its physics so that you can understand where to m... (more)

Cloud Computing Science--and Business

The big struggle over the past decade or so, as IT has become more dynamic and flexible, is to get the business side not only talking to the IT department, but for IT initiaives--even infrastructure--to reflect business goals. Get the dog to wag the tail, in other words. As we pass through the gates into the world of Cloud Computing, we are faced with entirely new challenges in aligning the business with the infrastructure. Cloud Computing offers a theoretically unlimited flexibility, and depending on its granularity, the ability for companies to pay for computing services in the way they'd use water or electricity. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! But you can't just snap your fingers and get your infrastructure-as-a-service delivered just the way you want it. Cloud Computing actually puts more pressure than ever on IT management to ... (more)

Cloud Expo "Power Panel" Live from Times Square in New York

View this fast-moving industry dicussion panel moderated by Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan and featuring Greg O'Connor, CEO of AppZero; Tony Bishop, CEO of Adaptivity; Scott Morrison, CTO of Layer 7 Technologies; Marty Gauvin, CEO of Virtual Ark. The topics discussed include a educative concept coined live during this discussion in order to help explain elastic IT: view now to hear all about "FaaS" (Father as a Service")! ... (more)

IT Change Management: The Foundation to the Cloud

IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date. Too often IT departments seem resigned to accepting mediocre results, as if the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspects refuse to comply with these manual processes to keep a CMDB updated. This creates the number one barrier to moving to some form of a cloud-like delivery model. Furthermore, advancements in virtualization have made the situation worse, as software resources have been severed from physical resources. Traditional resource tracking methods are further confused as the virtual resources change their physical location over time. This reinforces the protests that an application's dependency profile is too complicated to be 100 percent accurate. Over time, IT has simply accepted the fact that i... (more)

Virtualization Does Not a Cloud Make

In a previous post we discussed the positive shift in the cloud computing discourse towards actionable steps rather than philosophical diatribes on definitions. And to support that discussion we offered the following list of things not to do: Not understanding the business value Assuming server virtualization is enough Not understanding service dependencies Leveraging traditional monitoring Not understanding internal/external costs As we continue our discussion of these missteps, in this post we'll address both a mistake and a common misconception. Cloud computing is not about any particular technology, but rather is a new operational model for the delivery of IT services. Make no mistake: technology and implementation decisions have the potential to radically change your IT financial models by increasing IT efficiency. But this does not mean that specific technolog... (more)

Adaptivity Named “Platinum Plus Sponsor” of Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley $800 Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that Adaptivity, the IT Design Company, has been named "Platinum Plus Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 7th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-4, 2010, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Adaptivity, the IT Design Company, has changed the delivery of Enterprise IT as we know it. Adaptivity's Blueprint4IT Lifecycle Suite and Blueprinting as a Service were created to address the design & lifecycle challenges of costs, performance and efficiency across Enterprise IT Delivery. The Adaptivity approach creates a "living blueprint" links open industry standards with IT disciplines of architecture, engineering,  system operations and IT audit into a repeatable design & governance formula that continually op... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Unified Footprint – Network Ensemble(s)

A complex system such as an enterprise network is subjected to many kinds of stresses from a large variety of business applications that have different demand profiles. Dig deeper into any large network and you will see that one solution doesn't solve all problems. Pockets of point solutions are installed to solve problems as they arise; this is rarely efficient in a large network. The big question for IT is whether it is possible to be forward thinking when deploying these solutions through the use of network ensembles which are essential for migrating the enterprise networked footprint to the cloud. What is a network ensemble? A network ensemble is an integrated collection of services and functions that are engineered to work together to optimize specific behavior. Why a network ensemble? Any enterprise has a variety of network needs that are driven by the behavio... (more)