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John Gannon's Blog Although cloud computing provides financial benefits like reduction of CAPEX and the ability to pay-as-you-go, organizations will still need a reasonable amount of granularity in the reporting of cloud usage and the ability to map that usage into a financial chargeback model that makes sense. Amazon has gone live with Windows support in the EC2 cloud while at the same time announcing a private beta for some new scaling and load balancing features. These features will certainly be useful for the smaller customers of EC2, but my guess is that those features were driven by a desire to make the Amazon cloud more “enterprise friendly”. And speaking of enterprise friendly… In an earlier post I discussed some areas that Amazon and the other cloud providers will need to address before they’ll see mass enterprise adoption. One area I did not discuss, but ... (more)

Four Ways to Profits for Data-Centered Cloud Computing Companies

John Gannon's Blog How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts... 1. Management tools: The cloud hosters like Amazon are providing basic management tools, but we can already see there is a proven market for higher-order management and automation provided by companies like Rightscale and 3Tera. There are also a variety of companies and products who have figured out IT automation in the traditional datacenter (Blade... (more)

Social Networking Tip For Programmers – and Everyone Else

Set aside one hour daily for active marketing: Software developers love to spend days and nights coding great stuff. Focusing on marketing, sales and customer activities is not quite as exciting. Put some discipline in place. A good starting point is to devote one hour per day of your time to work exclusively on marketing. And I don’t mean read the Web to learn about SEO. Spend one full, active hour contributing to forums, pitching to people, e-mailing journalists and other key influencers that may be interested in what you do. Does your web site have a success story from a real ... (more)

Going Away From the ‘Dark Side’ and Into the Startup World

I recently decided to make a career change and at the end of the month will be leaving the world of venture capital (as some affectionately refer to as ‘The Dark Side’) for the maybe greener and definitely more uncertain pastures of the startup world.  My time at L Capital over the last year has been great, and I’ve learned an incredible amount about startups and investing, but I recently came upon an opportunity which was just too good to pass up. I’m joining an early stage software company in the virtualization management and automation space and will be involved in all manner... (more)

VMware Went Shopping and Came Home with SpringSource

As a member of the virtualization startup ecosystem, it was good to see one of our own (Springsource) get picked up by VMware for a cool $400MM+ this week.  The private market and public market (really any market) are terrible right now so it is encouraging to see one of the tech industry leaders make a strategic acquisition and pay some big dollars.  As an ex-VC I should also point out that if you assume the VCs owned about half of the company (which had raised about $35MM), this is a nice return (5X money or better, with the first money in coming out in ~5 years) considering th... (more)