Cutting through the hype over cloud-based services | Telecom Asia

The problem with rebranding old ideas with a “cloud” moniker, however, is that it makes it all too easy for companies to jump on the hype bandwagon without fully understanding the basic concept, says Michael Harries, director of technology strategy and communications for the CTO office (and Citrix Labs) at Citrix Systems.

“Cloud is a broad range of things but we’re using the same term for all of them, so people are hearing the term ‘cloud’ from 40 different directions, and everyone you talk to has a different definition,” says Harries. “You talk to financial people and they say ‘I love the cloud’, but you drill down and they mean everything on the web.”

Also, the catch-all term “cloud-based services” can actually be broken down into a number of categories, according to Citrix: virtualization (virtual servers, storage, networks), resource management (multi-tenancy, usage monitoring, optimizing across the farm), application management (which components work, how they need to interact, availability and performance) and access & automation (role-based access control, self service and admin portal, policy based automation).…
Extensive, perhaps excessive, quoting of your’s truely:: 🙂

Glimpses into the future of mobile devices, the internet, and more – deck from Mobile Monday Sydney – 2 Nov 09

Three mobile internet drivers ranging from the pragmatic to the fundamental. I’d love to hear your thoughts on which parts work, and which don’t. Where am I right, and where wrong?

Thanks Oliver and the rest of the team for the invite to talk. It was an enjoyable evening and also valuable incentive to get my thoughts down in a more concrete form.

A great night at #momosyd – future of mobile internet and augmented reality du jour

This ‘augmented reality’ version of google maps came up in one of the tweets about tonights Mobile Monday Sydney ( from @marmarko in response to an excellent talk from @nambor of on Augmented Reality covering history/futures and current work on augmented reality tours of

There was also a great talk from on their 2D bar code/augmented reality platform. I like their business model – “Augmented Reality is a feature, not a product”.

I talked on the future of mobility, the internet, human factors, and other sundry philosophies – this included big nod to a bunch of Citrix work including our new mobile device clients (Citrix recievers) and Citrix Labs efforts with OK Labs ( on the multi-image smartphone. After encouragment from @andragy, I used hand drawn slides, which seem to have hit the spot 🙂 (thanks everyone). Slides and commentary will be posted on slideshare around the end of the week.

This was a great night, and a great event.