Ron Miller

Ron Miller is a freelance technology reporter and blogger. He is editor at FierceContentManagement, contributing editor at EContent Magazine, and enterprise reporter at TechCrunch. Ron blogs about cloud technology and the cloud services market for Intronis.
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AWS feels sting of market maturity

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 29, 2014 8:18:27 AM

It probably goes without saying that being first to a developing market is a huge advantage. but once the competition sets in, it requires the ability to pivot and meet those challenges head on or risk losing the advantage completely. It's hard a lesson that cloud infrastructure pioneer Amazon Web Services has been learning lately.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud's true value: It drives innovation

Posted by Ron Miller on Jul 3, 2014 10:11:00 AM

There's certainly more than one value argument when it comes to cloud computing. It simplifies management, gives anyone access to infrastructure at an affordable cost, gives users access to content wherever they go, and has the potential at least for companies to lower costs moving from an OpEx to a CapEx line item.

But all of that pales in comparison to the cloud's ability to drive innovation.

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas

Cloud 5: Werner Vogels on AWS Security, CIA info chief talks cloud and is cloud green?

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 27, 2014 9:06:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, Three-year upgrade cycles no longer make sense in cloud-mobile age. For a long time, IT's job was about procuring, installing and managing large enterprise systems and it took a long time and a ton of money to get them working right. That's why once they were working they tended to leave them in place for years. Today, however, in the age of cloud and mobile, stability has given way to agility and the cloud's incremental updates make so much more sense.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Three-year upgrade cycles no longer make sense in cloud-mobile age

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 25, 2014 9:49:00 AM

For years IT has lived on the notion of stability. You get something working and you ride it until you absolutely have to change. And that made a lot of sense in the mainframe, mini and client-server ages, but it ceases to make sense in a cloud-mobile world.

Monolithic enterprise software packages - whether ERP, CRM, content management or anything else - took years to procure, install and configure. They required huge investments in money and manpower, and once you had them installed and working, you didn't want to mess with them.

Sure, you would apply patches and some updates, but overall if it wasn't broken? You weren't going to fix it.

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Topics: Cloud Industry and Technology

Cloud 5: Dispelling cloud myths, the cloud security excuse, and the fight for cloud supremacy

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 20, 2014 9:17:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, Cloud adoption surveys tend to miss the mark. Cloud surveys tend to miss the mark because they ask the wrong people or the people they are asking simply don't know the term. But that doesn't mean that consumers and business users alike aren't using the cloud because they definitely are -whether they know the term or not.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Cloud adoption surveys tend to miss the mark

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 18, 2014 10:25:00 AM

I've always taken cloud survey results with a grain of salt. Surveys of IT often fail to take into account unofficial use of cloud services. IT might not know about it, but it doesn't mean business cloud users aren't there. Same goes for consumers. They probably don't know the buzz words, even if they are using cloud services.

That's why I found a widely reported survey by SOASTA that 2 in 5 Americans use the cloud somewhat amusing. Trust me, if people are on the internet they are using the cloud. And if you have a smartphone, the chances are even greater that you're using the cloud, whether you call it that or not.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Cloud 5: Alibaba wants a piece of the cloud market, Docker 101 and cloud's true value

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 13, 2014 9:09:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, Fearing or embracing change: It's your choice. Just as Uber is changing the taxi industry, a similar kind of change driven by the cloud and mobile, is going on inside of IT and you can embrace it or fear it, but it's happening regardless of what you do.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Fearing or embracing change: It's your choice

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 11, 2014 1:34:00 PM

I had a small debate with some colleagues this morning about Uber, the online taxi service which is sending shock waves through the taxi industry.

It's interesting to watch the reaction to this service, which has ranged from peaceful protests to actually attacking Uber vehicles in some places.

When you threaten a person's livelihood, it can get ugly, and we've seen a similar dynamic take place in IT - without the physical violence, thank goodness.

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Topics: Innovation and Ideas

Cloud 5: How Apple sees the cloud, a cloud-first world and 10 powerful IaaS companies

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 6, 2014 9:08:00 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

Before we jump into this week's links, please have a look at one of our most recent blog posts, Cloud FUD won't go away. It's been six years since I first heard the term "cloud computing" and some of the base concerns I heard in that first session still remain. You would think we would have changed the conversation after all this time, but I'm still hearing the same old arguments, and it's time to change the focus.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Cloud FUD won't go away

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 5, 2014 12:33:00 PM

I've been covering the cloud for a long time. I remember first hearing the term in the 2008 timeframe at a conference while watching a panel that included representatives from AWS, Google and Salesforce.

Looking back, it was one of those pivotal moments, but many of the concerns I heard from the audience that day persist, and you would think in six years, we could have moved past the base concerns and agreed that cloud computing offers many advantages including scalability, agility, flexibility and cost.

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Topics: Cloud Trends