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Guest Post: Typical CIO Conversation

Discussing the cloud broker approach

(Guest post from Ilyas Iyoob, PhD , Director, Advanced Analytics at Gravitant )

Here's a snapshot of a typical conversation I've had with large enterprise CIOs.

I've had a number of free lunches this way, but my colleagues at Gravitant have built this technology and have already proven it with a successful implementation in the State of Texas!

The technology is known as cloudMatrix. It is a culmination of online marketplaces driven by SOA and powered by advanced analytics. Under the hood is an electronic services catalog that contains a list of providers and their offerings as well as API connectivity for auto provisioning. The exterior is also pretty slick with a single pane of glass for drag and drop cloud architecture design. Advanced analytics then kicks in to show the best fit provider, followed by continuous recalibration for optimal performance. I know that sounds more like an automobile ad, but cloudMatrix technology is in fact a layer of abstraction even above the cloud.

However, in my mind the real strength of cloudMatrix is that it creates an ecosystem of providers that work together to service the customer. Today, cloudMatrix enables the best infrastructure providers, the best storage providers, as well as the best network, monitoring, and security providers to cooperate and satisfy the customer. In the same way that specialization of labor in manufacturing gave birth to the industrial revolution, we are now fortunate to witness specialization of labor in IT giving birth to the technology revolution.

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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at Ulitzer.com. To set up an appointment CLICK HERE

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