Welcome to Enterprise Cloud News!

Mitch Wagner
3/14/2017
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The cloud has never been more interesting. And it's never been a better time to launch a site devoted to enterprise cloud news and community.

We've gotten past the first phase of the cloud, where most people didn't even know what it was and people argued about whether you could trust important applications to the cloud. In that phase, enterprises and born-in-the-cloud businesses were primarily driven to the cloud by cost savings, looking to cloud providers to save money on platform, infrastructure and non-strategic applications, such as email. In that phase, enterprises also discovered that the cloud was a great way to get extra capacity fast during sudden spikes in demand.

But now everybody knows the benefits of cloud for cost savings and streamlining business. And now is when things get really interesting, as the cloud starts democratizing innovation -- delivering cutting-edge technologies that previously only a precious few global organizations with billion-dollar IT budgets could afford. Technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced analytics and Internet of Things are available from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and other cloud providers, for the price of an affordable recurring fee.

These technologies are transforming business, the world -- even (some say) humanity itself.

Enterprise Cloud News will be your guide to these changes. We're here to deliver a daily dose of articles, news, opinion, analysis, insight, webinars, videos, live radio discussions and more, at the intersection of people, business and technology, delivered with a perspective that's always skeptical but never cynical. We'll cut through the baloney and tell you what you need to know about the cloud technologies that are transforming business, including public, private and hybrid cloud, Kubernetes, containers, virtualization, the data center, OpenStack, open source, unified communications, AI/machine learning, analytics, security, DevOps, the Internet of Things, networking, network automation, SD-WAN, fog computing, government and law and more.

Most importantly, we'll discuss how the cloud is transforming business, careers and the world.

Enterprise Cloud News is primarily a community. It's the place where enterprise practitioners and cloud providers can connect, learning about the issues of implementing cloud from the only people who really understand them -- their peers.

Your editors for Enterprise Cloud News are veterans in enterprise tech journalism.

Mitch Wagner was previously editor of enterprise cloud for Light Reading. Prior to that, he was executive editor at InformationWeek; editor in chief of Internet Evolution; and wrote for Computerworld, InternetWeek and a few other publications.

Mitch's colleague and partner in crime is Scott Ferguson, formerly an editor at InformationWeek and eWEEK.

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— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, and Scott Ferguson @sferguson_LR, Editors, Enterprise Cloud News.

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ak22
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ak22,
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3/28/2017 | 2:31:37 PM
Re: i c wut u did thar
@Joe Stanganelli I don't get it! Maybe I mist the punch lines?
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/26/2017 | 11:57:41 PM
Re: Compelling
Convenience is just the beginning. The real opportunity is in transforming business. 
JohnMason
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JohnMason,
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3/17/2017 | 10:11:22 PM
Compelling
The convenience of cloud-based enterprise service is too compelling to ignore. The costs seem to be dropping, or at least it seems that way from my involvement so far. Even home networks and student accounts (including textbooks) are moving rapidly to the cloud.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/16/2017 | 12:46:41 PM
i c wut u did thar
"We've already got a downpour of great content ("downpour"? did you see what we did there?)"

*Thunderous applause*

(Hah!)

Well, the site just started, so don't use up all the cloud puns right away, lest you suffer a drought.

Of course, asking for another good one like that is like expecting lightning to strike twice.

I'll leave now.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/15/2017 | 8:16:06 PM
Re: Glad to be hear!
Welcome, Maryam!
maryam@impact
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[email protected],
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/15/2017 | 12:56:32 PM
Glad to be hear!
Excited to join the group and learn while sharing my expertise! Looking forward to all the diverse opportunities to learn on the site!
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Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/14/2017 | 6:45:08 PM
Re: Cloud vs. Services
Hi, Daniel! Welcome to Enterprise Cloud News. 

Amazon is betting everything will go to public clooud. It remains to be seen whether that happens. 

Certainly, I expect all new ("greenfield") apps and many brownfield apps will move to public, private, or hybrid cloud. 
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danielcawrey,
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3/14/2017 | 6:26:21 PM
Cloud vs. Services
Great intro. I think what we're seeing is the "serviceization" of the cloud. Where we once saw Google and Microsoft moving email to the cloud, now we're experiencing a move to everything: Servers, databases and applications. 

Exciting times!
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