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Archive for August, 2011

In my next few posts, I’ll be sharing some excerpts from an upcoming paper on hypervisor economics. Feel free to provide comments and feedback below.

For years I have encouraged clients to ask for TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) data when they create requests for purchases (RFP, RFI, ITT, etc). Customers need to ask vendors for more than just the price, they need to ask for the total cost. Lately, I have seen more of these requests come in from [...]

Cloud offering are the hot topic of the day. There are various options for cloud services these days. Capacity on Demand, Managed Service Utility, SaaS etc. When we talk about clouds being a solution to reduce costs, we make these recommendations after we know what kind of costs the client is interested in reducing.

I am working in Malaysia this week, and find it a great merging of Muslim and Chinese cultures and traditions. Meal time is interesting, since we are in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. There is also a popular Chinese tradition called Festival of the Hungry Ghosts [...]

I have been marginalized. With all the recent news and talk of budget caps, debt limits and austerity plans, it seems as if everyone is an economist these days. There certainly is a lot of frightening news, and some predictions that we may return to business and national economic patterns that we saw 3-4 years [...]

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